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    FAO - Nutrition country profiles: The Bahamas 2003
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    Overweight and obesity have a greater effect on the nutritional status of the population in The Bahamas than underweight and nutritional deficiencies. Based on the 1994-95 Ministry of Health/CFNI report, among children 4-9 years old, 6.6% were underweight, 12.9% were stunted (a greater proportion of boys than girls) and 5.7% were wasting. In contrast, 14.9% of these children were overweight (the prevalence being the same for boys and girls) (Table 4a). It is not possible to say whether these lev els represent an improvement or deterioration in the nutritional status of this particular age group as no data are available for comparison. In the 1988-89 National Health and Nutritional Survey (MOH, CFNI/PAHO, 1991), it was reported that the prevalence of undernutrition (< 5th percentile) among children 5-14 years was 16.7%. At the sub-national level, relatively high prevalence levels of undernutrition were found on Acklins (15.4%) and Crooked Islands (11.9%) among children > 5 years. The hig hest prevalence of undernutrition (< 3th percentile) was found on the Family Islands (12.3%) among children <5 years; the national prevalence was 7%. In the other regions covered, the prevalence of undernutrition was acceptably low among this age group.
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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: 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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