The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition 2016-2025


The Double Burden of Malnutrition: Lancet Series

The Lancet series on the Double Burden of Malnutrition is now available. The double burden of malnutrition is the coexistence of overnutrition (overweight and obesity) alongside undernutrition (stunting and wasting), at all levels of the population—country, city, community, household, and individual.

This four paper Series explores how this coexistence is affecting low-income and middle-income countries. Malnutrition in its many forms has previously been understood and approached as a separate public health issue, but the new emergent reality is that undernutrition and overnutrition are interconnected and, therefore, double-duty actions that simultaneously address more than one dimension must be implemented for policy solutions to be effective. In addition to policy recommendations, the Series includes a focus on both historical and biological contexts, and new economic analysis.


UNSCN was pleased to join 18 other experts from leading organisations in the call for new stakeholders to join the nutrition manifesto. Recognizing that in the Nutrition Decade a new global nutrition movement is emerging that needs to take the lead in demanding food systems change.

Summary brochure and policy brief

Expert Commentary

A new nutrition manifesto for a new nutrition reality

Francesco Branca, Alessandro Demaio, Emorn Udomkesmalee, Phillip Baker, Victor M Aguayo,Simon Barquera, Katie Dain, Lindsay Keir, Anna Lartey, Gladys Mugambi, Stineke Oenema, Ellen Piwoz, Ruth Richardson, Sudhvir Singh, Lucy Sullivan, Gerda Verburg, Patrizia Fracassi, Lina Mahy, Lynnette M Neufeld

 Series papers

1) Dynamics of the double burden of malnutrition and the changing nutrition reality

Barry M Popkin, Camila Corvalan, Laurence M Grummer-Strawn

2) The double burden of malnutrition: aetiological pathways and consequences for health

Jonathan C Wells, Ana Lydia Sawaya, Rasmus Wibaek, Martha Mwangome, Marios S Poullas, Chittaranjan S Yajnik, Alessandro Demaio

3) Double-duty actions: seizing programme and policy opportunities to address malnutrition in all its forms

Corinna Hawkes, Marie T Ruel, Leah Salm, Bryony Sinclair, Francesco Branca

4) Economic effects of the double burden of malnutrition

Rachel Nugent, Carol Levin, Jessica Hale, Brian Hutchinson


Lancet and WHO