International Nutrition: Achieving Millennium Goals and Beyond

Editor(s): R. Black, A. Singhal, R. Uauy NNI Workshop Series (NNIW) Vol.78 , 2014


The UN Millennium Development Goals Report, 2012 says: “Despite clear evidence of the disastrous consequences of childhood nutritional deprivation in the short and long terms, nutritional health remains a low priority. It is time for nutrition to be placed higher on the development agenda.”

The Nestle Nutrition Institute 78th NNI workshop “International nutrition: achieving millennium goals and beyond” on improving young woman and child nutrition and health was held in Muscat, Oman on the 19-22 of March 2013.
Throughout the three-day workshop KOLs participated in discussions on the nutritional scenarios around the world and saw evidence of field interventions to combat maternal and child under and over nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.
The chairpersons – Prof. R.Uauy, Prof. B.Black and Prof. A.Singhal organized an excellent scientific workshop program with the purpose to cover the issues related to nutrition in the developing and developed world.

  • Addressing the Double Burden of Malnutrition with a Common Agenda

    Author(s): R. Uauy, M. Garmendia, C. Corvalán

    Addressing malnutrition in all its forms represents an integrated agenda addressing the root causes of malnutrition at all stages of the life course. The issue is not about choosing between addressing undernutrition in the poor versus overnutrition in the affluent. We must recognize that the interventions required to address stunting are different from those needed to reduce underweight and wasting. In most developing regions, there is a coexistence between underweight and stunting in infants and children, while in the adult population it may be overweight and stunting. Malnutrition in all its forms refers to both underweight and overweight. Underweight is defined by a low weight-for-age, a child is underweight because of wasting (low weight-for-height) or stunting (low length-for-age). Stunting refers to low height-for-age independent of their weight-for-age, some stunted children may have excess weight for their stature length. Overweight is excess weight-forlength/- height or high-BMI-for-age. The prevention of nutrition-related chronic diseases is a life-long process that starts in fetal life and continues throughout infancy and later stages of life. It requires promoting healthy diets and active living at each stage. The agenda requires that we tackle malnutrition in all its forms.

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