Better nutrition is not simply an issue of food security or access. Finally, there is a strong interdependence between malnutrition and infection. Food insecurity and malnutrition represent serious impediments to sustainable . FAO/FIVIMS Framework: linkages between the overall development context, In relation to aquaculture production, increases in seawater temperature have. relationship between food insecurity at the household or individual level and .. association between household or individual food insecurity and malnutrition is.
Similarly, studies conducted in different South America countries showed that children in households with food insecurity had more prevalence of height deficit 13 However, none of the studies conducted in these locations has national representativeness, thus not presenting a population overview of this relationship. There are many ways in which food insecurity influences child nutritional status, such as child's age, skin color, family income, among other determiners.
However, food consumption is the most important mediator, being an essential component of this relationship Even though data on child food consumption are available in the database, it was not part of the study's scope to assess the food consumption of the analyzed children.
However, evidence suggests differences among those living in good insecurity according to the household location. Studies conducted in high income countries reported that children living with food insecurity present more consumption of energy, sugar and fat and less consumption of fruits, meat and dairy products 28 Likewise, a nationally representative study about food consumption showed that Brazilian children, despite living in a country going through a long nutritional transition process, presented higher intake of sugar and fat and lower intake of fruits, vegetables and meat The main advantage of this study refers to the complex design of the sample selection that enabled the evaluation of the food insecurity effect on the nutritional indices of children aged less than five years old living in the five Brazilian macroregions, both in the urban and rural contexts.
The methods applied by PNDS 7like the standardization of data collection, including a rigorous training of the interviewers and the quality control during the period of field work, can be considered as other positive aspects of this study. On the other hand, the use of EBIA reflects a relative measure of the situation experienced by all of the individuals living in the same household; therefore, it is not an individual measure of food insecurity.
However, despite this limitation, it is known that when a household experiences this situation, consequently, all of the inhabitants are affected 9. To understand the relationship of food insecurity with child nutritional status is very important to develop policies and health and nutrition programs that can fight both food insecurity and nutritional issues.
In this study, it was observed that the height-for-age mean was below expected among children with medium or severe food insecurity.
These findings assume that these children are more exposed to the risk of malnourishment, which has serious consequences for their physical and mental development. Some studies report that problems related to food insecurity are not only nutritional, since there can be emotional, behavioral and mental development problems 31 Such findings confirm the importance to promote proper nourishment in terms of quantity and quality, not only to prevent nutritional disorders, but also for the children to reach their full growth and development potential.
Conclusion Food insecurity has been negatively related to the height-for-age index at all ages, even controlling for some demographic and socioeconomic factors, such as household location, income, number of inhabitants of the household, skin color of the mother, among others.
However, this relationship seems to be connected to the socioeconomic level of these Brazilian children, being strongly connected to the monthly income of the family and location of the household. Acknowledgements Acknowledgements The authors thank the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development for the financial support for this study. Note on the assessment and classification of protein-energy malnutrition in children.
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World Health Organization; An adapted version of the U. Department of Agriculture Food Insecurity module is a valid tool for assessing household food insecurity in Campinas, Brazil. J Nutr ; 8: WHO child growth standards: Higher prevalence of stunting among children was reported in Kelantan [ 43 ]. The association between household food insecurity and nutritional status of children has not been studied well in developed countries, much less in developing countries. The direction of the association differed from one population to another.
Interestingly, the result of this study reported that child stunting and underweight status were significantly associated with household food insecurity, but wasting was not. These findings were consistent with that of Hackett et al. In the sample of this study, the highest proportions of stunted, underweight, and wasted children were found in food insecure households.
Likewise, in Pakistan, the association between household food insecurity and child stunting was statistically significant [ 17 ].
Similarly, in Bogota, Colombia, food-insecure children were almost three times as likely to be underweight as food-secure children, while stunting was not significantly associated with food insecurity when controlling for covariates.
The findings of the said study opposed findings of Oh, who reported a significant association between food insecurity and being overweight among children [ 10 ]. A study in Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, reported no significant difference in the nutritional status of children between food-secure and food-insecure households [ 18 ]. The association between high prevalence of food insecurity and the low nutritional status of the sample for this study suggests that initially, the consumption of expensive food items declines, and is followed by a reduction in portion size, and eventually, frequency of meals.
Within families, adults, particularly women, may compromise their own nutrient needs to protect their children from being affected by food insufficiency whenever possible. With insufficient coping strategies, households may also try to reduce expenditure on basic foods, such as sugar, oil, salt, and other staple food. Hence, intake of specific nutrients, particularly micronutrients, is reduced before energy intake is reduced.
Malnourished mothers are more likely to have babies with low birth: Given that this was a cross-sectional study, no follow-up and consequently, no opportunity was available for subjects to drop out of the study.
The sample size of the study was small and restricted to subjects receiving monthly welfare allowance. As such, the records of the welfare department may underrepresent the poor families in Bachok District due to different reasons. Conversely, some of the families included in these records might have generated new incomes that brought them out of poverty circle.
Despite these limitations, authors of this study believe it is safe to conclude that food insecurity represents an appreciable problem in rural and low-income households in Malaysia, and the prevalence of food insecurity was consistent with previous rates reported at the same state [ 20 ]. Likewise, nutritional indicators were in line with previous findings reported in the neighboring Tumpat district [ 24 ].
It is concluded that the prevalence of household food insecurity was high and significantly associated with poor living conditions. A novel outcome of this study includes the quantification of child stunting and underweight by food insecurity status within poor populations when adjusted for associated covariates.
Although no significant association was found between household food insecurity and wasting status, the strong associations between household food insecurity and being underweight and stunting remain major issues of malnutrition among children in Malaysia, particularly in low-income populations. Author's contributions Ihab A. N contributed to the data collection, data entry, data analysis and wrote the manuscript.
M, responsible for the application of grant, budget and ethical approval. J led the overall study, contributed to the design of the study, contacted the authorities involved in the study, supervised the data collection in the fieldwork and wrote the initial draft manuscript.
All authors participated in the review of the manuscripts, read and approved the final manuscript. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to all participants and staff; Miss Fiona Lim Wei Ting and Mr. Azizi bin Mohamed Zain who assisted in this study. Profound appreciation is extended to the Social Welfare Department, Malaysia who gave permission and approval to conduct the study.
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