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Chapter Eight. Nutrition and Global Health. The Importance of Nutrition. Nutritional status is intimately linked with health status Nutrition is the leading risk factor for loss of health in low- and middle-income countries

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chapter eight

Chapter Eight

Nutrition and Global Health

the importance of nutrition
The Importance of Nutrition
  • Nutritional status is intimately linked with health status
  • Nutrition is the leading risk factor for loss of health in low- and middle-income countries
  • Low-cost, highly effective interventions are available to improve nutrition status
definitions and key terms
Definitions and Key Terms
  • Malnutrition - refers to those who do not get proper nutrition, whether too little, too much, or the wrong kind
  • Undernourished - refers to those who lack sufficient energy or nutrients
  • Underweight - refers to those who have low weight for their height or age
  • Overweight or obese - refers to those who are nourished to the point of being too heavy for their height or age
table 8 3 key terms and definitions
Table 8.3: Key Terms and Definitions

Source: Adapted with permission from The World Bank. Repositioning Nutrition as Central to Development. Washington, DC: The World Bank;

2006:xvii.

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Table 8.3: Key Terms and Definitions (cont.)

Source: Adapted with permission from The World Bank. Repositioning Nutrition as Central to Development. Washington, DC: The World Bank;

2006:xvii.

the determinants of nutritional status
The Determinants of Nutritional Status

Immediate causes of malnutrition:

  • Inadequate dietary intake- weakens the body and opens it up to infection
  • Illness- makes it harder for people to eat, absorb the nutrients they take in, and raises the need for some nutrients

Relationship creates a cycle of illness and infection

gauging nutritional status
Gauging Nutritional Status
  • Nutritional status of infants and children is gauged by measuring and weighing them, then plotting weight and height on a growth chart
  • Child’s position on growth curve indicates if they are developing normally
  • Large share of nutritional deficits are mild, but still have negative consequences on development
key nutritional needs
Key Nutritional Needs

Undernutrition

  • Outcome of insufficient food intake and repeated infectious disease
  • Includes underweight, stunted, wasted, and micronutrient malnutrition
  • Raises risk of illness and decreased intellectual capacity in children
  • Raises risk of pregnancy-related death and delivering prematurely in women
key nutritional needs1
Key Nutritional Needs

Vitamin A

  • Deficiency associated with night blindness and eventually, permanent blindness
  • Important to growth and the proper functioning of the immune system
  • Impact on severity of illness and chance of survival from several causes, including diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia
key nutritional needs2
Key Nutritional Needs

Iodine

  • Deficiency associated with a growth on the thyroid called a goiter and the failure to develop full intellectual potential
  • Occurs in people who live in mountainous regions where less seafood is consumed and the soil is deficient in iodine
key nutritional needs3
Key Nutritional Needs

Iron

  • Deficiency causes iron deficiency anemia which is associated with fatigue and weakness
  • Iron-deficient pregnant women have an increased risk of giving birth to a premature or low birthweight baby or hemorrhaging and dying in child birth
key nutritional needs4
Key Nutritional Needs

Zinc

  • Deficiency is associated with growth retardation, impaired immune function, skin disorders, hypogonadism, and cognitive dysfunction
  • Deficiency is a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality from diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria
nutritional needs throughout the life cycle
Nutritional Needs Throughout the Life Cycle

Pregnancy and Birthweight

  • Pregnant women need a sufficient amount of protein and energy as well as iron, iodine, folate, zinc, and calcium
  • Fetuses that do not get sufficient nutrition from the mother may suffer from stillbirth, mental impairment or birth defects
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Nutritional Needs Throughout the Life Cycle

Infancy and Young Childhood

  • Children need sufficient protein and energy as well as iodine, iron, vitamin A, and zinc
  • Nutritional gaps during this time can cause problems with stature and mental development, and frequent infection
  • Grow best and stay healthiest if exclusively breastfed for first 6 months
  • “Window of opportunity” is in utero to two years of age
nutritional needs throughout the life cycle2
Nutritional Needs Throughout the Life Cycle
  • Adolescents need protein and energy to grow as well as iron, iodine, folic acid, and calcium
  • Adolescent girls who are poorly nourished are much more likely to give birth to an underweight child and experience complications during pregnancy than well-nourished girls
nutritional needs throughout the life cycle3
Nutritional Needs Throughout the Life Cycle

Adulthood and Old Age

  • Adults need a well-balanced diet with protein, energy, and iron
  • Foods that contain too much fat, cholesterol, sugar, or salt can be harmful
  • Older adults need calcium to reduce risk of osteoporosis
nutritional state of the world
Nutritional State of the World

Undernutrition

  • 26% of under-5 children are underweight according to most recent estimates
  • Rates of underweight vary considerably by region
  • Only about 0.5% of total deaths in low- and middle-income countries are directly due to undernutrition
  • Deaths are usually “nutrition related”
nutritional state of the world1
Nutritional State of the World

Low Birthweight

  • 11% of babies in low- and middle-income countries are born low birthweight according to recent estimates
  • About 3% of DALYs lost in low- and middle-income countries are attributable to low birthweight
nutritional state of the world2
Nutritional State of the World

Vitamin A

  • About 250 million children suffer from vitamin A deficiency worldwide
  • 6.5% of all deaths of children under-5 in low- and middle-income countries are due to vitamin A deficiency
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Nutritional State of the World

Iodine

  • About 70 million people worldwide are affected by iodine deficiency
  • Associated with substantial DALYs lost in low- and middle-income countries
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Nutritional State of the World

Iron

  • About 1.6 billion people were affected by anemia between 1993 and 2005
  • Substantial public health problem for children under 5 and pregnant women, especially in low- and middle-income countries
  • 0.7% of DALYs lost in low- and middle-income countries is related to iron deficiency anemia
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Nutritional State of the World

Zinc

  • Second most important micronutrient responsible for death and DALYs in children under 5
  • About 4% of DALYs lost in children under 5 years of age are due to zinc deficiency
nutrition health and economic development
Nutrition, Health, and Economic Development
  • Nutrition impacts health and human development
  • Link to what people learn and their productivity

Poor nutrition:

  • Impacts maternal health, which affects household income and health of children
  • Affects children’s ability to learn in school, which impacts their future prospects
  • Leads to lower productivity in adult workers