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Title:Inequalities of nutrition: the Namibian paradox
Authors:Misihairabgwi, Jane M.
Rennie, Tim
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
nutrition policy
public health
Abstract:This paper reviews results of earlier nutrition surveys in Namibia and formulates a Namibian research agenda to inform future undernutrition and obesity interventions. Consistent with findings from other developing countries, the Namibian population is simultaneously made up of overweight and obese individuals as well as underweight individuals. It is also the country with the highest levels of inequality in the world. Based on data collected from 2003 to 2004, 28 per cent of Namibians were categorized as underweight, 11 per cent as overweight and 7 per cent as obese. Among adults, aged 30-46, 29 per cent were categorized as overweight or obese. The authors suggest a three-stage approach to ultimately reduce morbidity and mortality as a result of undernutrition and obesity: 1. quantitative studies of the prevalence of obesity and undernutrition and of the quality and quantity of available foodstuffs; 2. paper-based analysis of policy and strategy, using published information on policy, research and interventions; and 3. design of a series of planned and informed interventions, such as initiatives aimed at population groups most at risk, public information campaigns and community-based activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Bibliogr., note, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]