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Healthy Dietary Practices

Malnutrition is a serious condition that occurs when a person's diet doesn't contain the right amount of nutrients. Consuming a healthy diet throughout the life-course helps to prevent malnutrition in all its forms as well as a range of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and conditions. However, increased production of processed foods, rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles has led to a shift in dietary patterns. People are now consuming more foods high in energy, fats, free sugars and salt/sodium, and many people do not eat enough fruit, vegetables and other dietary fiber such as whole grains. Eating a wide variety of healthy foods helps to keep you in good health and protects you against life style diseases. Governments have a central role in creating a healthy food environment that enables people to adopt and maintain healthy dietary practices. Effective actions by policy-makers to create a healthy food environment through creating coherence in national policies and investment plans ? including trade, food and agricultural policies ? to promote a healthy diet. Encouraging consumer demand for healthy foods and meals. Promoting appropriate infant and young child feeding practices.