Being overweight or obese are major risk factors for some of the most prevalent noncommunicable diseases. Overweight and obesity has nearly tripled since 1975; in 2016, 39 percent of adults aged 18 years or older were overweight, and approximately 13 percent of the world’s adult population was obese. In low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), changes in dietary and physical activities are often the result of environmental and societal changes associated with global development. These countries lack supportive policies in sectors such as health, agriculture, and education. People in LMICs now face a dual burden of undernutrition and a rapid upsurge in NCD risk factors associated with obesity and overweight, particularly in urban settings.
At RTI, our experts understand that societal and individual behavior change requires supportive, evidence-based policy environments. The tools and interventions that we create and promote help individuals make healthy choices related to nutrition and physical activity. We leverage extensive experience both internationally and domestically in data collection and analysis, food systems and policy, health behavior change, economics, and public health. Our multidisciplinary research and evaluation drive sustainable solutions that reduce those risk factors—ensuring access to diverse, high-quality diets and promoting good nutrition at the individual, household, and community levels.