Lower middle-income countries, especially India, have a unique double burden of malnutrition in the setting of a rapidly changing economy, with increasing urbanization, nutrition transition and a sedentary lifestyle. Improving diet/nutrition and physical activity has a huge restorative potential; however, this simple strategy is a daunting challenge for India and the public health nutrition (PHN) community in particular. Moreover, India’s scientific and research contributions in this arena—whether in the form of cross-cutting high-quality landmark research studies, publications in peer-reviewed indexed journals, world-class training/teaching programs, mentorship and strategies to promote youth leadership—are abysmally low. This is also exemplified by the unused (almost 50%) government funding for research in general by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India.
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