Obesity as a poverty-related emerging nutrition problems: The case of Indonesia

A. A. Usfar, E. Lebenthal, Atmarita, Endang Laksminingsih, Soekirman, H. Hadi

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Summary: Obesity is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability. In developing countries like Indonesia, obesity often co-exists with undernutrition. Data from national basic health research 2007 showed that overnutrition was found among all age groups, on a double digit scale, with similar magnitude in urban and rural areas and higher prevalence in adult female. In contrary to 14% undernourished children under the age of 5 years, 12% of their counterparts were overnourished; for 6-14 years 10% vs. 6%; and for 15 years and above 15% vs. 19%. The purpose of the review is to raise awareness on the increasing obesity problem and to set recommendations to prevent obesity. Stunted adults in developing countries are 1.2 times more likely to be overweight than non-stunted adults. Approaches to overcoming obesity in adulthood emphasize dietary changes, increasing physical activity and behaviour modification. It is important for Indonesia to target nutrition intervention for female adolescents, pregnant woman to first 2 years of life, initiate nutrition education for school-age children and disseminate Holistic Healthy Framework Approach with key message 'Initiate healthier food choices'. Prompt Nutrition Guidelines and the use of lower body mass index cut-off should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)924-928
Number of pages5
JournalObesity Reviews
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • Indonesia
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Poverty


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