Meenakshi Bakshi Mehan*
Professor and Head, Department of Foods and Nutrition, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara and Member in National Technical Board on Nutrition, NITI AYOG, New Delhi, India
*Corresponding Author: Meenakshi Bakshi Mehan, Professor and Head, Department of Foods and Nutrition, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara and Member in National Technical Board on Nutrition, NITI AYOG, New Delhi, India.
Received: December 24, 2019; Published: February 01, 2020
The world today faces a grave nutrition situation, Malnutrition (under nutrition and overweight/obesity) is affecting almost all the countries of the globe, having adverse consequences on development with very high human consequences. The present era offers us the greatest opportunity to end malnutrition, like never before.
The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016–2025 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide global and national guidance to combat malnutrition and accelerate progress. The burden of malnutrition across the world remains unacceptably high, and progress unacceptably slow. Both maternal and child malnutrition followed by dietary risk factors are responsible for more burden of disease than any other cause. Globally, six out of top 9 risk factors driving the global burden of disease are nutrition and diet related. Poor diets are now considered a greater risk factor for morbidity and mortality than air pollution, tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse combined (Global Burden of Disease 2016). In India also, seven out of the top 17 DALY's (Disability adjusted life years: a indicator of economic development of the country) attributable to risk factors are related to nutrition and diet. They are in order of importance: child and maternal malnutrition, dietary risks, high systolic blood pressure, high fasting plasma blood glucose, high total cholesterol levels, high body mass index, impaired kidney function and low bone mineral density (DALY"S attributable to risk factors in India, 2016).
Citation: Meenakshi Bakshi Mehan. “Nutrition and Healthy Diets for All: A Key to Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals". Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 4.3 (2020): 01-02.
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