News Feature: FNRI-DOST holds Region I forum on nutritional status of Pinoys By Imelda C. Rivero
Tuesday 25th of September 2012
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, Sept. 25 (PIA) -- The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) hosted a regional forum in this city’s Hotel Salcedo de Vigan.
The forum centered on the 2011 survey on the nutritional status of selected Filipinos. The survey covered 17 regions, including the National Capital Region; 79 provinces; 3,130 areas; 38,894 households and 198, 022 individuals, FNRI-DOST reported.
FNRI-DOST research specialists discussed with 31 forum participants the highlights of the results of the updating of the nutritional status of selected Filipinos, the high-impact technology solutions relevant to the nutritional status of Filipino children, and the action points for application of the 2011 nutrition survey data.
In the survey of 2011 in Ilocos Region among 0 to 5 years old, about three in every 10 Filipino children aged 0 to 60 months are underheight or stunted.
The magnitude and severity were found “low” in Ilocos Sur, “medium” in La Union and “high” in Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan.
The prevalence increased by 1.5 percentage points from 2008 to 2011. The prevalence increased in Ilocos Norte and Pangasinan between 2008 and 2011, but are not significant.
Among 5.08 to 10 years old, it was found that 28.1 percent or about three in every 10 Filipino school-age children are short-for-age or stunted. Stunting is being underheight-for-age based on the World Health Organization–Child Growth Standard (WHO-CGS) and is an indicator of chronic malnutrition.
The magnitude and severity of stunting were found “low” in Ilocos Sur, “medium” in Pangasinan and “high” in La Union and Ilocos Norte. The prevalence decreased by 1.2 percentage points from 2008 to 2011.
In 2011 Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan have prevalences of stunting significantly lower than the national average. Among 10.08 to 19 years old, there are 25 percent or about one in every four adolescents are stunted. The prevalence decreased by 3.1 percentage points from 2008 to 2011. In 2011 all the provinces in the region have prevalences significantly lower than the national average.
The magnitude and severity of thinning among 0 to 5 years old was found “poor” in La Union and Pangasinan, and “serious” in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. About 10 in every 100 children aged 0 to 60 months are underweight-for-height or thin. The prevalence increased by 3.4 percentage points from 2008 to 2011.
Between 2008 and 2011 the prevalence increased in all provinces, but the increases are not significant. The prevalence of thinning in the region is higher than the national average, but the difference is not significant.
Among 5.08 to 10 years old, the magnitude and severity were found “poor” in Ilocos Sur and La Union, and “serious” in Pangasinan and Ilocos Norte.
Wasting or thinness is being underweight-for-height based on the WHO-CGS. It is an indicator of acute malnutrition. There are 10.3 percent or one in every 10 school-age children in the...