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The global health threat posed by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is enormous. NCDs are responsible for 63% of 57 million deaths worldwide and they are disproportionately high in lower and middle income countries (LMIC) and populations. In 2008, nearly 80% of NCD deaths - 29 million- occurred in low and middle income countries, with 29% of deaths occurring below the age of sixty . Total NCD deaths are projected to rise to 52 million by 2030; furthermore, NCDs are projected to cause almost three quarters as many deaths as communicable, maternal, perinatal and nutritional diseases by 2020 and to exceed them as the most common causes of death by 2030. For more information on NCDs please visit the WHO website by clicking here.

NCDs and nutrition are closely linked; underweight, overweight and obesity, are having a direct impact on the global rise in NCDs. While undernutrition kills in early life, it can also lead to increased risk of NCDs and death later in life.

In light of this, the UNSCN has created a virtual space dedicated for sharing ideas, knowledge and experience on how to make nutrition considerations more central to NCD action on the ground.

The objectives of the Nutrition & NCDs discussion are:

- to raise awareness on the importance of nutrition for combating non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
- to call for action to scale up nutrition and jointly tackle undernutrition and obesity and diet-related chronic diseases in low- and middle-income countries.
- to contribute to building programming and policy development capacities of various groups of stakeholders in these countries and globally.

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