Contribution of nutrition to the health transition in developing countries: a framework for research and intervention

Nutr Rev. 1999 Nov;57(11):341-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.1999.tb06911.x.


The major focus of public health programs in developing populations is alleviating undernutrition. In South Africa, however, as in many other developing countries, the African population is experiencing rapid urbanization characterized by a double burden of disease in which noncommunicable diseases (NCD) become more prevalent and infectious diseases remain undefeated. The possible mechanisms through which nutrition contributes to the additional vulnerability to NCD experienced by developing populations are explored and research priorities in this area are identified.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Developing Countries*
  • Diet*
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • Nutrition Disorders / complications*
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Nutritional Status*
  • Research