The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), complying with its mandate to define the nutrition situation in the country, particularly among various population groups, conducted the 2003 or Sixth National Nutrition Survey (NNS). This was a follow-through of the NNS of 1978, 1982, 1987, 1993 and 1998, and the Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipino Children in 1989/90, 1992, 1996 and 2001. The 6th NNS included four major components, namely, Anthropometric Nutrition Survey, Biochemical Nutrition Survey, Clinical Nutrition Survey and Food Consumption Survey. This report focuses on Anthropometric Nutrition Survey that covered 0-5 and 6-10 years old children, 11- 19 years old preadolescents and adolescents, pregnant and lactating women, and other adults 20 years of age and over.
The 6th NNS utilized the Master Sample developed by the National Statistics Office for the 2003 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES). The 6th NNS covered one of the four replicates, and 50% of the sampled households therein, permitting the generation of national estimates for the nutrition variables in the 6th NNS. The survey employed a stratified multi-stage sampling design, covering all regions and 79 provinces (except Batanes). A total of 5,522 households with their 25,897 members were included in the survey.
The 6th National Nutrition Survey Results
(The 2nd Dr. Condrado Pascual Memorial Lecture)
Dietary Changes and Health Implications:
An Emerging DOUBLE BURDEN of Under and Over Nutrition
Nutrition and Health Status of Filipino Adults
(an Excerpts from the National Nutrition Health Survey)