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FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Grenada








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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Barbados 2003
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    According to the 1981 national health and nutrition survey 29% of the children under 5 years old were malnourished (0.5% severely, 3.6% moderately and 24.9% mildly) using the Gomez weight-for-age classification. This level represented a decrease in the level of malnourished pre-school children in the population, compared to earlier estimates which indicated that 39% were malnourished (0.3% severely, 3.2% moderately and 35.5% mildly) in 1975. According to the 1981 survey results, 3.8% of the pre- school children were obese (weight-for-height) (Table 4a). Among children 5-9 years, a slightly larger proportion of girls compared to boys were underweight (15.9% vs. 14%) as well as overweight (5.6% vs. 3.2%). No recent data are available to represent the current situation.
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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Antigua and Barbuda 2003 2003
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    Very little recent national information is available on anthropometric measurements for children in Antigua and Barbuda. The latest available figures show that the level of undernutrition (weight for age) among children less than one year old was 1.4% in 1995, a decrease from the 1993 level of 2.3%. For children 1-4 years old, the level remained almost constant, 0.6% - 0.8% over the period 1993-1995, while among the wider age group, 0-5 years, there was a decline of 0.3% between 1996 and 1999. T he prevalence of overweight (weight for age) among children, less than one year old, was higher than that for underweight. It fluctuated during the period 1993- 1995, increasing overall from 7.4% to 8.5%. Among children 1-4 years, there was a slight decline between 1993 and 1995 (from 2.8% to 2.5%). Between 1997 and 1998 the prevalence of overweight decreased among children 0-5 years from 6.6% t0 5.8 % (Table 4a). A 1993 Ministry of Health survey found that the national prevalence of obesity (BM I: > 30) was 4.6%. Among persons 40 years and over, 60% men and 25% women were obese. No recent anthropometric data were available on adolescents in Antigua and Barbuda.
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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Trinidad and Tobago 2003
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    The 1997-98 clinic data are suggesting that underweight prevalence among children 1-4 years is low (2.3%). There has been no significant change since 1988, when underweight was 2.2% for children 0-5 years. Stunting prevalence was also low (1.9%) while prevalence for wasting (6.2%) was moderate among children 0-5 years (Table 4a). Data from a 1976 survey showed a much higher prevalence of undernutrition, but the criterion used was different from that used in 1988-90. From unpublished (1999) data, among adolescents 13-19 years only 4.6% were found to be overweight with a greater proportion of males than females. In addition, another 6.3% were at risk of becoming overweight with equal proportions between males and females (Table 4b).

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