Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now the biggest cause of death worldwide. Our team investigated key risk factors for NCDs in lower middle income countries. The UK National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), which funds GDAR, has profiled our work on their website and newsletter.

Preventing chronic disease through diet and physical activity

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension and cardio-vascular disease. They are now the biggest cause of death worldwide, and a growing public health threat, especially in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

In 2017, the NIHR Global Diet and Physical Activity Research Group and Network (GDAR Network) received £2.5 million funding. Their aim was to investigate the drivers of poor-quality diets and physical inactivity, which are key risk factors for NCDs.

Over the past 5 years, GDAR teams have been working with partners in Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya and Jamaica. Their research highlights the factors that shape diet and physical activity. These include access to food and good diets as well as gender and socio-economic inequities.

Continue reading on the NIHR website.