07 Nov FNRI: Malnutrition Affects One in Five Children in NorthMin
According to the Food and Nutrition Research Insititute (FNRI), one of every five children who are less than five years old in Northern Mindanao have been noted to be underweight or suffering from malnutrition in the year 2015.
The report was released in the 2015 Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipino Children which was disclosed by the FNRI in a forum.
In 2013, 17.5 percentage was recorded for children who are suffering from malnutrition yet it increased by 2.8 percent in the year 2015 based on the report stating that 20.4 percent of children five years old and younger in Northern Mindanao are still underweight.
FNRI reported that Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Norte topped with the highest number malnourished children with 22.3 percent followed by Bukidnon with 19.5 percent.
Across Region 10, FNRI found out that 27.6 percent of children ranging from five to 10 years old are malnourished while 7.3 percent of those children between 10 to 19 years old were considered obese. In addition, 8.4 percent of adults were found to have chronic energy deficiency
Moreover, 74.4 percent of infants in the region were fed by breast milk within an hour after they were born.
News Source: Manila Bulletin