INFOGRAPHIC: What’s the nutritional status of Filipinos?

Jodesz Gavilan

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INFOGRAPHIC: What’s the nutritional status of Filipinos?
Despite changes, a lot more still needs to be done by government

MANILA, Philippines – The 8th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) results were recently released in time for the Nutrition Month this July.

Since 1978, the NNS is done every 5 years to generate data on the status of health and nutrition in the country. (READ: From numbers to actions, thanks to the National Nutrition Survey)

The results obtained after the country-wide survey are also used to draft health policies and programs. An example of laws backed by NNS results is the Sin Tax and Asin Law.

Here is the current nutritional status of Filipinos:

With barely 6 months to go before the deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 2015, the NNS Survey results draw a picture of the current nutritional status of Filipinos and where the Philippines stands in the MDG process.  (READ: What’s next for hunger and poverty after 2015?)

According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the country might be working hard to achieve the MDGs related to health and nutrition, but these do not guarantee targets will be met. –


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Jodesz Gavilan

Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and impunity beats, producing in-depth and investigative reports particularly on the quest for justice of victims of former president Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and war on dissent.