Oman sees worrying rise in underweight kids

28 Mar 2018
POSTED BY Y Magazine

The Oman National Nutrition Survey 2017 by UNICEF Oman and the Ministry of Health sheds light on nutritional health concerns that are prevalent over the Sultanate.

The report read that a staggering 11.2 per cent of children – under the age of five – in the Sultanate are underweight, while 11.4 per cent of them suffer from stunting. The latter is when a child isn’t able to grow or develop properly.

Source: @UNICEFOman (Twitter)

On the other hand, 3.1 per cent of children in the Sultanate have been recorded overweight, while 1.1 per cent are obese.

Source: @UNICEFOman (Twitter)

The report also provided details on the nutrition of women in the country.

It found that 59.2 per cent of Omani women (ages 15 – 49) are either in the category of overweight or obese, which represents a “public health issue in Oman”.

In addition, 41.5 per cent were recorded as suffering from Vitamin D Insufficiency and 27.8 per cent from Anaemia.

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