SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.32 issue3Lessons from scaling up a depression treatment program in primary care in ChileToward greater inclusion: lessons from Peru in confronting challenges of multi-sector collaboration author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Page  

Services on Demand




Related links

  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO


Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública

On-line version ISSN 1680-5348Print version ISSN 1020-4989


CHAPARRO, M. Pia  and  ESTRADA, Leobardo. Mapping the nutrition transition in Peru: evidence for decentralized nutrition policies. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.3, pp.241-244. ISSN 1680-5348.

The study objectives were to map the different stages of the nutrition transition for each department within Peru, and to determine the nutrition policy needs for each geographic area based on their current stage in the nutrition transition. Results show that most of the country is suffering from a double-burden of malnutrition, with high rates of stunting among children less than 5 years of age and high rates of overweight and obesity among women of reproductive age. Currently, Peru has only country-wide nutrition policies, administered by the Ministry of Health, that are primarily focused on stunting prevention. This study argues for the need to have decentralized nutrition policies that vary according to what type of malnutrition is being experienced in each geographic area.

Keywords : Nutritional transition; nutrition policy; nutrition disorders; overnutrition; obesity; malnutrition; child nutrition disorders; Peru.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in English     · English ( pdf )