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Nutrition transition, food retailing and health equity in Thailand.
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PMID:  22442643     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIM: Here we examine the influence of changes in food retailing, the food supply and the associated nutrition transition on health equity in Thailand, a middle income country experiencing rapid economic development. METHODS: The dietary transition underway in Thailand is reviewed along with theories regarding convergence to a globalised energy dense obesogenic diet and subsequent socio-economically related dietary divergence along with the implications for health inequity. RESULTS: Thailand is part way through a dietary, nutrition and health transition. The food distribution and retailing system is now 50% controlled by modern supermarkets and convenience stores. The problem of increasing availability of calorie dense foods is especially threatening because a substantial proportion of the adult population is short statured due to child malnutrition. Obesity is an emerging problem and for educated Thai women has already developed an inverse relationship to socio-economic status as found in high income countries. CONCLUSIONS: Thailand has reached an important point in its nutrition transition. The challenge for the Thai government and population is to boost affordable healthy diets and to avoid the socio-economic inequity of nutritional outcomes observed in many rich countries.
Matthew Kelly; Cathy Banwell; Jane Dixon; Sam-Ang Seubsman; Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan; Adrian Sleigh
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Title:  Australasian epidemiologist / Australasian Epidemiological Association     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1327-8835     ISO Abbreviation:  Australas epidemiol     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-3-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101489913     Medline TA:  Australas epidemiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  4-7     Citation Subset:  -    
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, Canberra Australia.
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