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Double Burden of Malnutrition (DBM) and Anaemia under the Same Roof: A Bangladesh Perspective

Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Dhaka, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology and Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB1 8RN, UK
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Med. Sci. 2019, 7(2), 20;
Received: 31 August 2018 / Revised: 19 January 2019 / Accepted: 22 January 2019 / Published: 28 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Health Improvement Strategies)
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The double burden of malnutrition (DBM) and anaemia is a growing concern in developing countries. Using the cross-sectional Bangladesh Demographic Health Survey, 2011, 5763 mother–child pairs were examined. In households where the mother was overweight, 24.5% of children were stunted, 19.8% underweight, 9.3% wasted, and 51.7% anaemic. Significant regional differences were found in DBM and anaemia as well as drinking water source, while DBM alone was more common in more well-off households (based on wealth index) and where the father was employed in skilled or service occupations. More policy and awareness programmes are needed to address the coexistence of child undernutrition and maternal overweight/obesity and anaemia in the same household. View Full-Text
Keywords: double burden of malnutrition; anaemia; undernutrition; overweight; obesity double burden of malnutrition; anaemia; undernutrition; overweight; obesity

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Mamun, S.; Mascie-Taylor, C.G.N. Double Burden of Malnutrition (DBM) and Anaemia under the Same Roof: A Bangladesh Perspective. Med. Sci. 2019, 7, 20.

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