Bangladesh, one of the world’s most densely populated countries, is located on a low-lying delta, vulnerable to various weather-related hazards. Accelerated urbanization, a demographic transition, and globalization are causing major shifts in dietary patterns and lifestyle choices. The country has made substantial progress in reducing poverty, supported by sustained economic growth, and in child nutritional status, with recent declines in stunting, wasting, and underweight. Despite these gains, a recent joint study by Imperial College London and the World Health Organization indicates that obesity is an emerging concern, increasing among boys from 0.03 percent in 1975 to 3 percent in 2016, and from almost nil four decades ago to 2.3 percent among girls. How the country’s rapidly transforming food systems address these issues will determine the severity of these challenges moving forward.
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