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Research Article

Diet and Physical Activity for the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Policy Review

  • Carl Lachat,

    Affiliations: Nutrition and Child Health Unit, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, Department of Food Safety and Food Quality, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Stephen Otchere,

    Affiliation: Department of Food Safety and Food Quality, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Dominique Roberfroid,

    Affiliation: Nutrition and Child Health Unit, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium

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  • Abubakari Abdulai,

    Affiliation: Community Nutrition Department, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana

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  • Florencia Maria Aguirre Seret,

    Affiliation: International Diabetes Federation, Brussels, Belgium

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  • Jelena Milesevic,

    Affiliation: Centre of Research Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

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  • Godfrey Xuereb,

    Affiliation: Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, Surveillance and Population-Based Prevention Unit, Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Vanessa Candeias,

    Affiliation: Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, Surveillance and Population-Based Prevention Unit, Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Patrick Kolsteren mail

    pkolsteren@itg.be

    Affiliations: Nutrition and Child Health Unit, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, Department of Food Safety and Food Quality, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Published: June 11, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001465
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

Carl Lachat, Dominique Roberfroid, Patrick Kolsteren
Nutrition and Child Health Unit, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium
Carl Lachat, Stephen Otchere, Patrick Kolsteren
Department of Food Safety and Food Quality, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Abubakari Abdulai
Community Nutrition Department, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana
Florencia Maria Aguirre Seret
International Diabetes Federation, Brussels, Belgium
Jelena Milesevic
Centre of Research Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Godfrey Xuereb, Vanessa Candeias
Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, Surveillance and Population-Based Prevention Unit, Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Corresponding Author

Email: pkolsteren@itg.be

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. The authors alone are responsible for the views expressed in this article and they do not necessarily represent the views, decisions, or policies of the institutions with which they are affiliated.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CL PK. Analyzed the data: CL SO VC FMAS AA JM. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: CL. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: AA CL DR FMAS GX JM PK SO VC. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: AA CL DR FMAS GX JM PK SO VC. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: AA CL DR FMAS GX JM PK SO VC.