Food and Nutrition in Malaysia Children (videos)

Food and Nutrition in Malaysia Children

N. Karim


Two nationwide studies, namely South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS Malaysia) and  MyBreakfast Study showed that 13 to 17 percent of children aged between 6 to 12 years old were either overweight or obese. From dietary assessment, majority of children achieved the Malaysian recommended nutrient intake (RNI) for energy and protein, however more than 50% did not fulfill the RNI for calcium and vitamin D.

Majority of children consumed breakfast regularly, however 20-30% children skipped breakfast. The MyBreakfast study showed that 17.7% of the children consumed ready-to-eat cereal (RTEC) at breakfast, while among non-RTEC consumers, bread (44.2%), eggs (31.8%) and nasi lemak (23.9%) were the most common foods consumed.

RTEC was the major contributor of whole grain (68.6%), followed by hot cereal (18.6%), biscuits (8.7%) and bread (1.8%). In the SEANUTS Malaysia, among children aged 7 to 9 years, 13.4% and 9.5% met the MDG for fruits and vegetables while among children aged 10 to 12 years, only 19.6% and 16.1%, respectively met the MDG for fruits and vegetables. For the milk group, only 5.5% , 7 to 9 year olds and 3.7%  10 to 12 year olds met the MDG for milk/dairy products per day.


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