SEANUTS reveals critical issues of malnutrition among Thai children

Test newarticle 2Bangkok 22 November 2012: The Institute of Nutrition of Mahidol University (INMU), in collaboration with the Nutrition Association of Thailand under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhon (NAT), the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, and Royal FrieslandCampina, has announced the results of the Thai South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS): Nutrition status of Thai Children.

The SEANUTS Thailand team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Dr. Nipa Rojroongwasinkul, spent 18 months running the project, from January 2011 until July 2012. The study involved 3,119 local children with ages from six months to 12 years in Bangkok, Lopburi, Chiang Mai, Phang Nga, Sisaket and Kalasin. The survey findings showed both, inadequacies and excessive intakes of nutrients by many Thai children, which may contribute to malnutrition. Approximately 1 in 5 Thai children was overweight and this could be due to their eating habits and the intake of improper nutrients. Some 60 to 70% of Thai children had intakes of nutrients such as iron, calcium, vitamins A, C and D below the standard requirements necessary for their bodies. Nutrition specialists believe it is urgent to educate parents and other caretakers on healthy nutrition and encourage them to modify their children’s eating habits to support development appropriate for children’s ages.