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2015 NNS - Anthropometric Survey Component

Anthropometry is a key component of the NNS in assessing the nutritional status of children and adults (Simko & Cowell, 1995). An individual’s anthropometric data reflects his/her general health and nutritional status, as well as predict performance, health, and survival. This component assesses the nutritional status of all population groups by determining the prevalence of underweight, underheight, thinness, overweight and obesity, high waist circumference, high waist-hip ratio, and low birth weight. The survey results from 1989 until 2015 were utilized to track trends in under- and over-nutrition.

Likewise, the 2015 Updating Survey has provided the result for the country’s end-line progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal target of halving the proportion of underweight preschool children from 1989.