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Around three-quarters of the population in Colombia live in urban areas and that proportion is expected to rise to 85% in the coming 40 years.1 Armed conflicts have accelerated the pace of rural-urban migration, with many thousands of people forced out of rural communities in into the cities in search of safety. The urban environments tend not to promote a healthful lifestyle; cities impose potentially damaging behaviours, including sedentarism and poor-quality diet, on growing numbers of inhabitants – with consequent effects on societal health.
1. Aschner P. Epidemiology of diabetes in Colombia. Av Diabetol 2010; 26: 95-100.
(1): CIA factbook
(2): WHO 2008
(3): IDF Diabetes Atlas, 5th edition annual update, 2012