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FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Antigua and Barbuda 2003








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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Dominica 2003
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    Overweight (weight for age) appears to be a bigger, and growing, problem than undernutrition among pre-school children in Dominica. Clinic data presented in the report on Obesity Prevention and Control Strategies in the Caribbean 1990 - 2000, showed an overall decrease in the level of undernutrition (weight for age) among children 0-5 years (attending clinic) over the period 1990-1999. The prevalence (among children attending clinic) of undernutrition decreased from 1.9% in 1990 to 0.9% in 1999, peaking at 2.3% in 1995. In contrast, the prevalence of overweight increased from 6.0% to 9.7% over the same period, peaking at 9.9% in 1995 among the same age group.
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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Jamaica 2003
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    In Jamaica the anthropometric data of children under five are collected as part of the Survey of Living Conditions (SLCs) which have been carried out annually since 1989 by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (Table 4a). The 2000 survey estimated prevalence levels of 5% of underweight, 4% of stunting and 2% of wasting. The situation is likely to be different at sub-national level as in 1992 the parish of Hanover, in particular, reported 29% of stunting and 19% of underweight (Map 2, Map 3 and Map 4). When compared to the 1995 data from the Survey of Living Conditions, these results indicated an improvement for all three indicators. The prevalence of overweight (4%) did not change over the period 1990-1995, but by 2000 it increased to 5%. Again, differences are expected at the parish levels. In 1992 disparities were observed among parishes, ranging from less than 1% in St. Catherine to 4% in St. Mary (Map 5).
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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: Grenada 2003
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    Data on anthropometric measurements of children are limited in Grenada. Figures (clinic data) for undernutrition (weight for age) among children 0-5 years, in recent times, are only available for the years 1997 (4.3%) and 1998 (2.8%), and indicate a decrease over the period. Overweight (weight for age) decreased from 4.0% in 1990 to 1.0% in 1996 (CFNI, 2000). In a 1976 study carried out among children 0-5 years, 39.7% were found to be malnourished (weight-for-age) based on the "Gomez classificat ion". Of the total number of children measured 1.6% were severely malnourished, 9.0% were moderately malnourished, and 29.1% were mildly malnourished. The prevalence of malnutrition increased with age, while the majority of malnourished children were from the costal areas of Victoria and Gouyave (Table 4a). These limited bits of information seem to suggest that severe malnutrition, for a long time, has not been a major problem in Grenada. Fairly high levels of mild to moderate malnutrition exist ed in the 1970s, but no information was found to confirm whether this was still the case.

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