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Understanding malnutrition

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) found that the number of Filipino children who were underweight and “underheight” or stunted increased from 2013 to 2015.

Underweight and stunted are defined as children with weight and height below the standard for their age.

The prevalence of underweight children aged 0-5 years increased from 20.0 to 21.5 or two of 10 children.

The stunted prevalence increased from 30.3 to 33.4 or three of 10 children.

There was also a significant increase in the prevalence of underweight children aged 5-10 years from 29.1 in 2013 to 31.2 in 2015.

The number of stunted children in this age group likewise increased from 29.9 to 31.1.

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