NUTRITION NEWS: Prevalence of undernutrition and overnutrition increases in Region I: FNRI-DOST survey

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union—There is an increasing prevalence of underweight, very high prevalence of wasting, and increasing trend on overweight and obesity among adults in the region, according to the result of the 8th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI)- DOST.

The 8th NNS result was presented for dissemination by Dr. Cecilia Acuin, Chief Science Research Specialist of FNRI-DOST, in coordination with the DOST- Regional Office I and the National Nutrition Council-RO I last September 18, 2014 at the Sea and Sky Hotel, San Fernando City.

The result of the survey showed that undernutrition and overnutrition still persist in the region with increasing prevalence.

The prevalence of underweight continued to increase from 19.8% in 2011 to 21.4% in 2013, and very high prevalence of wasting from 9.8% in 2013 among 0-5 years old children and with increasing trend on overweight and obesity from 23.0% in 2008 to 26.1% in 2011 to 27.3% in 2013 among adults.

After presenting the results of the survey during the 8th NNS Dissemination Forum with the theme: “Juan Mission for a Well-Nourished Nation”, Dr. Cecilia Acuin enjoined the 40 delegates from the different regional line agencies, local government units, private sectors and partners from the media to disseminate them to the local government units (LGUs) targeting the local chief executives for immediate action.

Ma. Eileen B. Blanco, Nutrition Program Coordinator of NNC-Region I reiterated the need to double all efforts to address malnutrition at all levels.

“We should prioritize areas in the region with high malnutrition prevalence rate in providing health and nutrition services and converge efforts to address the problem of malnutrition,” she added.

In his closing message, Director Armando Ganal, OIC Regional Director of DOST-RO I, said that the DOST will closely coordinate with the National Nutrition Council on the implementation of the DOST PINOY Program targeting depressed areas in the region.#