This book -- one of the major outcomes of a two-year joint collaborative effort between ADB, IFPRI and other partners -- represents the first comprehensive assessment of nutrition in the region with the largest concentration of global malnutiriton. It sheds light on the emerging 'double burden' of underweight and overweight, and the linkages between these two different forms of malnutrition. And it provides clear evidence-based options for remedial action in differrent contexts, all based on the use of a practical approach to conceptualizing risks and opportunities through the life cycle. -- Preface, p. xii."