Trends in Maternal and Child Nutrition in the MENA Region: Findings from Jordan, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia
According to the World Health Organization (2015), non-communicable diseases (NCDs) were responsible for 74% of all deaths in the MENA region, where rates of overweight/obesity and the prevalence of NCDs among women of reproductive age and youth have been increasing. Calorie-dense ultra-processed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) have also been identified as major contributors to total calories consumed by women and youth in the region. In this webinar, panelists will present findings on the current trends in infant, young child, and maternal diet and nutrition in the MENA region (Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait), sharing case studies on the impact of evidence-based policy actions on sugar-sweetened beverage (SSBs) sales and its overall consumption.
Dr. Hala Nawaiseh, Assistant Professor, University of Jordan
- Dr. Shibani Ghosh, Principal Investigator, Jordan Nutrition Innovation Lab, Tufts University
- Dr. Lynne M. Ausman, Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi Professor of International Nutrition, Tufts University
- Dr. Reem Al-Sukait, Assistant Professor, King Saud University