Thursday, 19 June 2014

Malnutrition

🈸Weight-for-Height (wasting)--
▶The index of weight-for-height reflects recent weight loss or gain.
It is the best indicator of assessing the level of acute malnutrition in children.
In order to assess malnutrition, individual measurement of height and weight are compared to an international reference value for a normal and well-fed child population.

🈸Height-for-Age (Stunting)--
▶The index of height-for-age reflects longstanding nutritional defficiencies and is the method used to assess the level of chronic malnutrition in children.
Individual measurement of height and age are compared to an international reference value for a normal and well-fed child population.

🈸Weight-for-Age (underweight)--
▶The index of Weight-for-Age reflects both the long-term (stunting) and short-term (wasting) nutritional status of children.
Individual measurement of weight and age are compared to an international reference value for a normal and well-fed child population. The measurement of weight-for-age is used in the Millennium Development Goals to assess progress in reducing the proportion of the world’s people who suffer from hunger.

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