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Camila Borda

Bolivia is going through a nutritional transition, due mostly to globalisation. This transition consists on a change in the population’s diet from a traditional diet generally based on local products, to a rather ‘occidental’ diet, rich in high-density foods, food products not providing any nutrients (sodas, sweets, etc.) and especially fast food. This transition is enhanced by the decrease of physical activity due to advances in technology. This is leading to an increase on the country’s overweight and obesity levels. IBIS with its current project of the ‘Food School’ aims to reincorporate local products (such as quinoa) in the local diet, by making them more appealing to the people. This can help stop this food transition and prevent overweight and obesity in the Bolivian population. Furthermore, this is an ideal way to assure food safety and keep our culinary traditions.

This report is the result of a work of investigation of the Bolivian nutritional status. It analyzes the links and differences of it according to region, urban and rural areas, socio-economical status, age and educational background. It presents some probable causes and analyzes the possible solutions.

Bolivia’s Nutritional Status

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