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7th national nutrition survey results out

Manila (7 October) -- The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) released recently the initial results of the 7th National Nutrition Survey. The survey showed that the nutrition situation of Filipinos has not improved much from 2003/2005 levels.

There are more undernourished children and nutritionally at-risk pregnant and lactating women. The prevalence of adults with chronic energy deficiency, however, has declined.

Survey data revealed that in every 100 preschoolers aged 0-5 years, 26 were underweight, about 28 were under height and 6 were thin, meanwhile, 2 in every 100 preschoolers were overweight. From 2005 to 2008, a significant increase in the proportion of underweight (24.6% to 26.2%) and underheight (26.3% to 27.9%) among preschoolers was noted.

In every 100 school children aged 6-10 years, 26 were underweight, 33 were underheight and 2 were overweight. From 2005 to 2008, a significant increase in the proportion of underweight (22.8% to 25.6%) and underheight (32.0% to 33.1%) school children was also noted.

In every 100 adolescents (aged 11 to 29 years old), 17 were underweight and about 5 were overweight. The prevalence point from 16.0% (2005) to 17.0% (2008). Meanwhile, overweight decreased significant by 0.2 percentage point fro 4.8% (2005) to 4.6% (2008).

On the other hand, in every 100 adults, aged 20 and above, 12 had chronic energy deficiency (CED) while 27 were overweight and obese. A significant decrease in the prevalence of CED from 12.3% (2003) to 11..6% (2008) among adults was noted in contrast, there was a 2.6 percentage point increase in the prevalence of overweight and obese adults.

From 2005 to 2008, the NNS also indicated a 1.9 percentage point rise in the proportion of nutritionally at-risk pregnant women; a reduction in the prevalence of underweight lactating women from 13.9% (2005) to 13.1% (2008); and, 3.8 percentage point decrease in the prevalence of overweight lactating women from 19.8% (2005) to 16.0% (2008).

Given the results of the 7th NNS, Nutrition, Health and Hunger-Mitigation measures will be directed on the highly at-risk groups such as the pregnant women, infants and young children. (DOH-NNC/PIA) [top]

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