Consumers in African countries don’t only buy snacks in supermarkets but healthy food, such as fruits and vegetables.
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A new study by the German University of Göttingen shows that food from supermarkets in Kenya contributes to a reduction of child undernutrition and does not cause child obesity.

Hunger and undernutrition are still widespread problems in Africa. At the same time, overweight, obesity and related chronic diseases are also on the rise. Recent research suggested that the growth of supermarkets contributes to obesity in Africa, because supermarkets tend to sell more processed foods than traditional markets. 

However, previous studies only looked at data from adults. New research shows that supermarkets are not linked to obesity in children, but rather that they contribute to reducing child undernutrition. The results were recently published in the journal Global Food Security.

For their research, agricultural and food economists from the University of Göttingen in Germany collected data from more than 500 randomly selected children in Kenya over a period of three years.

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