NEW STUDY: Urbanization associated with lower rates of child stunting but higher rates of obesity among women

Washington, D.C: Urbanization is changing the landscape of health and nutrition in Africa, and in Nigeria it relates to both lower levels of stunting among children and higher rates of obesity among women, according to two recent studies by researchers at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Researchers examined nighttime light intensity in Nigeria as a proxy for urbanization and found higher light intensity tended to match with lower rates of stunting among children and higher rates of obesity among women.