The WHO South-East Asia Region (SE Asia Region) is the most populous Region in the world with high levels of poverty, disease burden and malnutrition. The combination of rapid nutritional, epidemiological and demographical transition has impacted the nutrition profile across the Member States of the Region. While undernutrition rates, including micronutrient malnutrition, are declining slowly, a significant rise in overweight and obesity – the double burden – is seen across many age groups. There is also an associated rapid upsurge in noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

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