Under-nutrition rate in Central Visayas drops slightly in 2013

October 3, 2014 4:29 am 

CEBU CITY, Oct. 2 –- The under-nutrition rate of pre-schoolers in Central Visayas has slightly dropped to 5.22 percent in 2013 from the 5.66 percent recorded in 2012, a National Nutrition Council (NNC) 7 official said.

Parolita Mission, regional nutrition program coordinator of NNC 7, said they weighed 1,089,361 pre-schoolers in the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Based on the results of the Operation Timbang survey, three of the LGUs in Cebu are included in the top 10 towns with the highest prevalence of under-nutrition in 2013 in Region 7.

These are the towns of Malabuyoc (4th), Tuburan (5th) and Madridejos (7th).

In the same NNC data, two towns in Cebu are included in the top 10 municipalities with lowest prevalence of under-nutrition in 2013. These are San Francisco and Minglanilla.

Mission also said Cebu City leads among the cities in Central Visayas that have the highest number of preschoolers that are obese, at 1,319.

Mission said fast food chains in Cebu City and the lifestyle of the children nowadays are factors that lead to obesity.

Mission said the right nutrition of a child in the first 1,000 days after birth is important for growth and learning.

Among the feeding practices for the infants and young children are exclusive breastfeeding for six months and use of additional solid and semi-solid food from six months onward with continued breastfeeding. (PNA)

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