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What is the nutritional status of Filipinos today? Is there any improvement in their nutritional status from the previous year? Are our preschool and schoolchildren taller and heavier now than five (5) years ago? Is iron deficiency anemia still a problem among infants, pregnant and lactating women, and older persons? Are Filipino adults becoming obese? Are females more at risk to overweight and obesity than males? Are Filipinos seriously hypertensive? Are Filipinos aware on the availability of fortified food products in the market? Do Filipinos consume these fortified food products?

For many years, these are some of the questions that have been nagging us, stakeholders in our peoples’ nutrition development.
The survey team during their sample locaiton in Tara, Sipocot, Camarines Sur (left); Tabungao, Sultan sa Barongis; Maguindanao (top right), and Madaymen, Kibungan, Benguet (below right)
After six (6) months of long and arduous field data collection, the Survey Team of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) is all set to present the much awaited results of the 6th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) of 2003. Answers to the above questions and more will be reported during the 30th FNRI Series of Seminars on July 6-7, 2004 at the FNRI Auditorium.

The Survey Team, who conducted the data collection from July to December 2003 covered 17 regions of the Philippines, at most 5,520 households and 25,897 persons. There were 808 survey areas that were drawn from the 75 provinces of the country and 17 cities/municipalities of Metro Manila. A survey area comprised of one or more barangays.

Aside from the usual National Nutrition Survey components (i.e. Anthropometric, Biochemical, Food Consumption and Household Food Security Surveys), the 6th NNS clinical phase – also referred to as National Nutrition Health Survey (NNHS) was expanded to include the prevalence of lifestyle and nutrition-related risk factors of diseases e.g. CVD, chronic kidney disease, peripheral vascular disease, osteoporosis, bangungot, and the re-assessment of the prevalences of obesity hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia, stroke and angina among Filipino adults 20 years and above after 1948.

Results of the NNHeS, 2003 would serve as empirical basis in the development of health policies and programs for the prevention and control of lifestyle and nutrition-related diseases.

Historically, the first National Nutrition Survey (NNS) was undertaken in 1978 and this provided the first comprehensive nutrition profile of the entire population. To date, the findings generated from the NNSs have had a far-reaching influence in


formulating and implementing the government’s development-oriented policies and action programs, such as the Philippine Nutrition Program (now called the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition or PPAN), based on the estimation of the nutritional needs of Filipinos, both at the national and regional levels.

As its mandate, the FNRI-DOST defines the citizenry’s nutritional status, having been identified by EO 352 as a critical generator of essential data for administrators, planners, and policy makers in both government and private sectors.

The 6th NNS of 2003 is a collaboration between and among other government institutions and the private sector, namely: Department of Science and Technology (DOST), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR- DA), Early Child Development-Council for the Welfare of Children-Department of Social Welfare and Development (ECD-CWCDSWD), Micronutrient Operational Strategies and Technologies-United States Agency for International Development (MOST-USAID), and Department of Health (DOH); fourteen Philippine medical societies: Philippine Lipid Society (PLS); Philippine Society of Hypertension (PDA); Philippine Heart Association (PHA); Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS); Philippine Society of Nephrology (PSN); Philippine Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (PSEM); Osteoporosis Society of the Philippine Foundation, Inc. (OSPFI); Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO); Philippine Neurological Association (PNA); Philippine Rheumatology Association (PRA); Philippine College of Physicians (PCP); Philippine Society of Gastroenterology (PSG); and Philippine Society of Asthma, Allergy, Immunology (PSAAI); and Senator Ramon Magsaysay.

Actual footage of the survey Components, counter clockwise: Market availbility of Sangkap Pinoy Seal - Dietary Component; height measurmeent of <2 yr. old - Anthropomentry; food weighing - Dietary/Household Level; blood extraction of adults - Biochemical Component; and Electro Cardiogram (ECG) of adults - Clinical Phase.

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