Urban nutrition
 

Urban nutrition


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As the world's population becomes increasingly urbanized the proportion of persons living in poverty in cities increases. With over half of the world's population predicted to be living in urban areas by 2020, there is a pressing need to address how cities deal with service provision and city planning for healthy lifestyles. For many countries, the current rate of expansion of urban agglomerations has brought about severe challenges to food and nutrition security in addition to the provision of basic services such as adequate housing, water and sanitation systems, the provision of health clinics and schools. There is a need to focus on the factors specific to life in urban environments which impact the nutritional status of urban populations.

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