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Colombia faces high and rising prevalence of obesity and diabetes, with a large proportion of calories in the modern Colombian diet coming from ultra-processed foods. Unhealthy dietary patterns are a major cause of mortality and disability-adjusted life-years there. Colombia also has strong consumer advocacy and legal groups very focused on constitutional rights of children and supporting healthy eating as a major pathway to enhance the health of all.

Universidad JaverianaResearch Partners

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá

Research Team

Luis Gómez, Professor
Department of Preventive & Social Medicine
School of Medicine
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Mercedes Mora Plazas, Professor
Department of Human Body Movement
National University of Colombia Medical School

Our Evaluations

No evaluations to date. Together with our partners, we plan to evaluate any forthcoming policies as they are passed/implemented.


Mora-Plazas M, Gómez LF, Miles DR, Parra DC, Taillie LS. Nutrition Quality of Packaged Foods in Bogotá, Colombia: A Comparison of Two Nutrient Profile Models. Nutrients 2019, 11, 1011.
Gómez LF, Plazas-Mora M, Riaño S, Parra DC. Prevalence of diabetes and hypertension in Colombia: A systematic review. Revista de la Facultad Nacional de Salud Pública. 2019;37(1):59-67.

Caro C, Ng SW, Bonilla R, Tovar J, Popkin BM. (December 20, 2017). Sugary drinks taxation, projected consumption and fiscal revenues in Colombia: Evidence from a QUAIDS model. Plos One, 12(12), e0189026.

In press

Chemas M, Gómez LF, Mora-Plazas M, Velasquez A, Parra DC. Scoping Review of studies on food marketing in Latin America: Summary of existing evidence and research gaps. Revista de Saúde Pública. In press.