The Philippines' Knowledge Center on Food and Nutrition
National Nutrition Survey
The Department of Science and Technology -Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) is the premier research and development institute of the government in food, nutrition, science, technology and other S & T services. Through the years, the DOST-FNRI is committed to fight malnutrition with accurate data, correct information and innovative technologies.
The National Nutrition Survey or NNS is the banner activity of the Institute that has tremendously evolved from having three components in the first NNS in 1978 to ten components in the 6th Updating Survey in 2015, covering wider and more detailed variables on food, nutrition, clinical and health; with substantial increase in survey coverage and sample size.
The NNS have the following components: Anthropometry, Biochemical, Clinical, Dietary, Socio-economic, Food Security, Government Program Participation, Maternal Health and Infant and Young Child Feeding. Health indicators such as the measurement of hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia have been incorporated in the survey since 1998, as well as non-communicable disease risk factors like smoking, alcohol consumption, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity.
On the other hand, the Updating Survey has the following components: Anthropometry, Socio-economic, Food Security, Government Program Participation, Maternal Health and Infant and Young Child Feeding. In the 2015 Updating Survey, Clinical, Health and Dietary component was conducted to track the country's progress on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The data collection has evolved from pen and paper to the use of the Electronic Data Collection System (eDCS) to stay at par with the technological advancements of the digital age. The eDCS, which was fully implemented in 2013, facilitated faster collection, transmission and organization of data and timely release of results.
Results are reported as early as six months after data collection. Reducing by three-fourths the time from previous surveys.