Are intestinal parasites fuelling the rise in dual burden households in Venezuela?

M. Campos Ponce, R.N. Incani, E. Pinelli, N. ten Kulve, R. Ramak, K. Polman, C.M. Doak

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BACKGROUND: In developing countries undergoing rapid economic development, the number of dual burden households (i.e. co-existing overweight/obesity and stunting) is increasing. While intestinal parasites are prevalent in these countries, their contribution to dual burden households has so far been neglected. We studied the association between intestinal parasite infection and belonging to a dual burden household in a rural community of Venezuela. METHODS: We examined 225 individuals. A dual burden household was defined as a household with at least one overweight/obese adult (BMI > 25) and at least one stunted child (height -for-age z score
Original languageEnglish
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)119-123
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Helminthic diseases
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Giardiasis
  • Giardia lamblia
  • Associations
  • Overweight
  • Obesity
  • Body mass index
  • BMI
  • Stunting
  • Disease burden
  • Prevalence
  • Children
  • Venezuela
  • America-Latin


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