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NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF CHILDREN IN THE STATE OF KERALA. Dr. G.N.V.Brahmam Scientist – ‘F’ Division of Community Studies, National Institute of Nutrition, (I.C.M.R.) Jamai-Osmania (P.O.), Hyderabad – 500 007. HEALTH AND NUTRITION. HEALTH

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nutritional status of children in the state of kerala

NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF CHILDREN IN THE STATE OF KERALA

Dr. G.N.V.Brahmam

Scientist – ‘F’

Division of Community Studies,

National Institute of Nutrition, (I.C.M.R.)

Jamai-Osmania (P.O.), Hyderabad – 500 007.

health and nutrition
HEALTH AND NUTRITION

HEALTH

“… is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being and not merely absence of disease or infirmity” - - - WHONUTRITION

“ … is a process of ingestion of food, digestion, absorption, assimilation, and utilization of various nutrients”

significance of nutrition
SIGNIFICANCE OF NUTRITION
  • Normal Growth, development and functions
  • Epidemiological data reveals strong association

between undernutrition and morbidity &

mortality.

  • Chronic degenerative disorders such as,

- Coronary heart disease,

- Hypertension,

- Type 2 Diabetes,

- certain types of Cancers, etc.

are associated to diet and nutritional status

  • Undernutrition in early Childhood is associated

with chronic degenerative disorders in later life

significance of nutrition contd
SIGNIFICANCE OF NUTRITION (Contd.)
  • Consumption of foods rich in dietary fiber, anti-

oxidants is associated with reduced risk of

certain types of cancer.

  • Obesity and overweight is also associated with

Increased risk of developing cancer of the

Breast, Colon, Endometrium, Gallbladder,

Oesophagus, Pancreas, Kidney, etc.

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MALNUTRITION

“ ….. a pathological state that results from ingestion of one or more nutrients, either in excess or deficient quantities over a period of time.”

Undernutrition : Due to deficient intakesOvernutrition : Due to excess intakes

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HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY:

Ability of the Household to access food which is culturally acceptable and adequate in terms of quality, quantity and safety for all members of the household throughout the year, in order to ensure active and healthy life

determinants of nutritional status

Demographic factors

Agro-climatic factors

Disasters

Socio-economic factors

DETERMINANTS OF NUTRITIONAL STATUS
  • Population
  • Family Size
  • Urbanisation

Drought/Floods

Wars

  • Food production
  • Land Ownership
  • Type of land
  • Rain fall
  • Geographic conditions
  • Agricultural techniques
  • Use of hybrid seeds
  • Use of fertilizers
  • Religion
  • Community
  • Occupation
  • Income

H H FOOD SECURITY

Availability of & participation in developmental programmes

Physiological factors

• Pregnancy

• Lactation

• Breast feeding

practices

• Infant & child

Feeding practices

FOOD INTAKE

  • PDS
  • Rural Dev. Prog.
  • Employment
  • generation prog.

Socio-cultural factors

  • Illiteracy
  • Ignorance
  • Taboos
  • Lifestyles

NUTRITIONAL STATUS

Pathological Conditions

  • Infections
    • Diarrhoeas
    • Resp. Infections
    • Malaria
    • Others
  • Infestations
    • Hook worms
    • Round worms
    • Giardiasis etc.,

Environmental factors

  • Environmental sanitation
  • Personal hygiene
  • Safe drinking water
health economic consequences of malnutrition
HEALTH & ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF MALNUTRITION
  • Increased Morbidities, cost of treatment
  • Underdevelopment (Physical / Mental)
  • Absenteeism, Reduced productivity, lowered

economic development

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INFECTION AND UNDERNUTRITION

….. a Vicious Cycle

INFECTION

Reduced

Food intake/ absorption

Lowered resistance/

Frequent infections

Death

UNDERNUTRITION

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CAUSES OF DEATHS AMONG <5 YEAR CHILDREN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

*

*

*

Malnutrition*

60%

* Approximately 70% of all childhood deaths are associated with one or more of these five conditions

*

Source: WHO 2002; Lancet-2003

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Infant Mortality Rate (Per 1000 Live Births) in India and South-east Asian Countries

44 (SRS-2011)

Source :

WHO/SEARO2000

* Source:

SRS-2011

11

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Under-five Mortality Rate (Per 1000 Live Births) in South-east Asian Countries & India

(55: SRS, 2011)

(2002)

(2004)

(2000)

(2003-04)

(1999-2000)

* Source: SRS, 2011

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Maternal Mortality Ratio (Per 100,000 Live Births) in India and South-east Asian Countries

212*

Source :

WHO/SEARO 2000

* Registrar General of

India, SRS - 2011

prevalence of low birth weight in india and south east asian countries
Prevalence (%) of Low Birth Weight in India and South-east Asian Countries

Source :

WHO/SEARO 2000

* Source: NFHS 3

prevalence of underweight among 6 59 months children according to age by iap classification

Percent

Age (Months)

Faulty BF

Faulty Complementary feeding

* By using Harvard Reference Values

Prevalence of Underweight among 6-59 months children according to age* ( by IAP classification)
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Average Daily Consumption (per CU/day) of Foodstuffs

as % of RDA : Kerala Vs Other NNMB States Pooled

RDA

Source: NNMB Survey, 2005-06 ( 8 States) NNMB

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Median Intake (per CU/Day) of Various Nutrients

(as % of RDA): Kerala Vs Other NNMB States Pooled

RDA

Source: NNMB Survey, 2005-06 ( 8 States) NNMB

average daily intake of foodstuffs as rda among 1 6 year children kerala
Average Daily intake of Foodstuffs (as % RDA) among 1-6 Year Children : Kerala

RDA

Percent of RDA

Source: NNMB Survey, 2005-06

median intake of nutrients as rda by 1 6 year children kerala
Median Intake of Nutrients (as % RDA) by 1-6 year Children : Kerala

RDA

Percent of RDA

Source: NNMB Survey, 2005-06

protein calorie inadequacy status of children kerala
Protein-Calorie inadequacy status of Children : Kerala

Calorie inadequacy

Protein inadequacy

Source: NNMB Survey, 2005-06

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Distribution (%) of Households According to Dietary Energy Adequacy Status of Adults and Children In Kerala

Source: NNMB Survey, 2005-06

average intake of foodstuffs per cu day in kerala as of rdi by period of survey nnmb
Average Intake of Foodstuffs (per CU/day) in Kerala as % of RDI by Period of Survey (NNMB)

RDA

Percent

median intake of nutrients per cu day in kerala as of rdi by period of survey nnmb
Median Intake of Nutrients (per CU/day) in Kerala as % of RDI by Period of Survey (NNMB)

RDA

Percent

median intake of nutrients per cu day in kerala as of rdi by period of survey nnmb1
Median Intake of Nutrients (per CU/day) in Kerala as % of RDI by Period of Survey (NNMB)

RDA

Percent

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Prevalence (%) of Undernutrition Among 0-5 yr children According to SD Classification (<Median - 2SD)in Kerala*

Percent

(Weight for Height)

(Weight for age)

(Height for age)

Source: NNMB Survey, 2005-06

* Using WHO Child Growth Standards

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Prevalence (%) of Undernutrition among <5 yr Children – By State (2006) By SD Classification

UNDERWEIGHT

STUNTING

WASTING

* Using WHO Child Growth Standards

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Prevalence (%) of Undernutrition Among 1-5 yr children According to SD Classification (<Median - 2SD) in Kerala : By Age Group (Years)

P>0.05

Percent

Source: NNMB Survey, 2005-06 ( 8 States) NNMB

* Using WHO Child Growth Standards

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Prevalence (%) of Undernutrition Among <3 yr children According to SD Classification (<Median - 2SD) in Kerala : RURAL Vs URBAN (NFHS 3)

Percent

Source: NFHS 3

* Using WHO Child Growth Standards

prevalence of undernutrition among 6 9 yr children according to sd classification
Prevalence (%) of Undernutrition Among 6-9 yr children According to SD Classification*

Percent

Source: NNMB Survey, 2005-06

* Using NCHS Reference Values

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Prevalence (%) of Undernutrition Among Adolescent children According to BMI (Age/Sex Centile values of NHANES)

Percent

Source: NNMB Survey, 2005-06

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Prevalence (%) of Overweight/Obesity among 6-15 yr urban children in Kochi City (Based on Age/Sex specific Centile values of BMI: WHO/CDC)[Overweight: BMI 85th – 95th Centile; Obese: BMI: >=95th Centile; ; Overweight+ Obese: BMI >= 85th Centile]

P<0.028

Percent

BOYS

GIRLS

P<0.005

P<0.005

Percent

Percent

Source: A.T.Cherian, Ind. Ped. 2012

distribution of adult men and women according to nutritional status by bmi
Distribution (%) of Adult Men and Women According to Nutritional Status by BMI

Percent

Source: NNMB Survey, 2005-06

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Distribution (%) of 1- 5 Yr. Children with Blood Vit. A Levels of < 20 G/dL, Median Dietary Intake of Vit. A (as % RDA) and

Extent of Coverage for Suppl. of Massive Dose Vit. A – By State

Source:NNMB Tech. Rep. #23 - 2005

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Distribution (%) of 1-5 year Children according to Vitamin ‘A’ Status : By States

Blood Vitamin A < 20 g/dL

Dietary Vitamin A Intake < 50% of RDA

P > 0.05

P > 0.05

Receipt of Massive Dose Vitamin A (1 or 2 Doses)

Source: NNMB-MND Survey, 2003 (8 States)

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Prevalence (%) of Anaemia Among Different Age, Sex and Physiological Groups in Kerala

11.4

0.07

11.8

0.07

10.9

0.08

10.7

0.07

11.8

0.07

10.2

1.45

12.1

1.56

Mean ±SE

> 6 months

< 6 months

Source: NNMB-MND Survey, 2003 (8 States)

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Distribution (%) of Target Beneficiaries according to receipt of IFA tablets in Kerala

Source: NNMB-MND Survey : 8 States, 2003

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Percent of Households consuming salt having adequate

Amount (>=15 ppm) of Iodine in Kerala

Per cent

STATES

* By spot test

Source: NNMB-MND Survey : 8 States, 2003

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Challenges:

  • Despite the positive improvements in the demographic, socio-economic and health sectors, the dietary intakes of the rural communities continues to be poor both in terms of quantity and quality.
  • Dietary intake of energy is low and that of essential micronutrients are grossly inadequate.
  • Infant and child feeding practices, especially during the first 6 months, are sub-optimal
  • Prevalence of LBW is about 16%, and about 22% of <5 year children are underweight and 30% are stunted and 15% are wasted
challenges contd
Challenges (contd..):
  • About 28% of the men and 21% of the women are having CED.
  • MNDs such as IDA and VAD continue to be of public health significance and coverage of target groups for IFA & Vit A distribution is low.
  • About a third of men and 40% of women are having overweight/obesity among adults known risk factors for diet related chronic degenerative diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension and CHD.
  • Nearly one half of adult population are found to be having hypertension.
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Possible Solutions:

  • Devise and implement appropriate IEC strategies to improve the knowledge and practices among the community, about infant and young child feeding.
  • Encourage the communities to include locally available micronutrient rich foods such as green leafy vegetables, and fruits in their regular diets through Agri. / Horti. interventions.
  • Strengthening of on-going programmes to increase the coverage of target beneficiaries for Supplementary nutrition and distribution of folifer tablets and massive dose vitamin A
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Possible Solutions (Contd..):

  • Fortification of foods with vitamins / minerals in order to augment the micronutrient intakes of the individuals.
  • Improving household food and nutrition security, through socio-economic development
  • Institution of Nutrition Surveillance system and MIS for effective monitoring and interventions
suggested strategies

SUGGESTED STRATEGIES

  • SHORT TERM

Strengthening supplementary nutrition Programmes, in terms of quantity and type of Supplement and coverage of target population and monitoring

Immunization, health care services

  • MEDIUM TERM
  • Micronutrient fortification of staple foods and food supplements under SNP
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LONG TERM

Development & implementation of State specific Nutrition Policies and Programmes,

Strengthening Health & Nutrition education, especially regarding: - Infant & child feeding, - Nutrition during adolescence, pregnancy and Lactation,

Dietary diversification, Bio-fortification of foods, promotion of home gardening, through Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK),

Improving life-style practices

Environmental sanitation and personal Hygiene including safe drinking water,

Programmes for Economic development, especially at grass root level, through income generating activities, and

Population control.

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