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PIA Press Release
2010/05/01

Cordillera has least number of underweight children nationwide

Baguio City (1 May) -- Among the 17 regions in the Philippines, the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) had the least number of underweight children in the country in 2008 at 19.9 percent among pre-school children (0-5 years old) and 14.5 percent for school children (6-10 years old),based on the results of the 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS).

Both figures are lower than the national underweight prevalence rate for pre-schoolers of 26.2 percent and for school children of 25.6 percent.

The survey, conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), also showed that the proportion of stunted school children in CAR at 29.4 percent was lower than the national average of 33.1 percent.

On the other hand, the proportion of underheight or stunted pre-schoolers in CAR of 29.5 percent was higher than the national average of 27.9 percent.

Pre schoolers, as used in the survey, are children five years old and below while school children are from ages six to ten years old. (NSCB) [top]

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