Obesity and malnutrition linked in new study

16 December 2014

New research from University College London (UCL) has found that there could be a link between obesity and malnutrition, which are often thought to be at opposite ends of the scale.

Study with children and mothers in Egypt suggests that the problem is not just about quantity of food but also quality. The research found that 6.7 per cent of Egyptian mothers were obese and had stunted children and it is unlikely that this is the result of scarcity of food.

Published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, the study found children who were fed chocolate, biscuits or sweets were 51 per cent more likely to belong to a double-burden household - where mothers are obese but children are stunted.

However, it found that those who were fed fruit and vegetables were 24 per cent less likely to be in this category. 

"Malnutrition is not only a question of not having enough food, it is also about not having good enough food," said Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi from UCL's Epidemiology & Public Health and lead author of the study. 

Posted by Edward Bartel


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