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FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Bangladesh 1999








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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Viet Nam 1999 1999
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    In Vietnam the nutritional status of children is poor and this country has the highest malnutrition rate among the countries in the region. The prevalence of underweight among children under 5 years of age is 40%, that of stunting is 36% and that of wasting is 10% according to WHO criteria these rates indicate public health problems (Maps 2, 3 and 4 ). The backward customs in feeding practices and child rearing contribute to child malnutrition.
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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Bhutan 1999 1999
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    The lack of data in Bhutan makes a comprehensive overview of the national food and nutrition situation difficult. According to the nation-wide nutritional survey of 1986-88, the nutritional status of children (0-6 years) gave concern, as both the prevalence of underweight (37.9%) and the prevalence of stunting (56.1%) are considered to be serious public health problems according to the World Health Organization. The prevalence of wasting (4%), however, was less alarming (Table 4). Regional compa rison identifies the nutritional status of the children in Central and Western zones as better than in the Eastern and the Southern zones, which may be partly explained by the inaccessibility and remoteness of the latter zones. There is no recent national representative data available on the nutritional situation of pre-school children. The results of a survey in 1996 in one Central and two Eastern districts present the nutritional status of children under 5 similar to the 1986-88 results. Data derived from growth monitoring in the country, however, indicate a decrease in the prevalence of underweight in infants from 1992 to 1997.
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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Philippines 2001 2001
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    Protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) and micronutrient deficiencies remain the leading nutritional problems in the Philippines. The general declining trend in the prevalence of underweight (Map 3), stunting (Map 4) and wasting (Map 5) among Filipino children noted in the past 10 years was countered with the increase in the prevalence rate in 1998. About 4 million (31.8%) of the preschool population were found to be underweight-for-age, 3 million (19.8%) adolescents and 5 million (13.2%) adults, inc luding older persons were found to be underweight and chronically energy deficient, respectively (Table 4a, 4b & 4c).

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