Measuring nutritional status

Children are weighed and measured at the GVF Centre of Nutrition Education in Burkina Faso
FAO/16383/R. Faidutti


Anthropometric data are used to measure the nutritional status of young children. Three different measures of undernutrition are commonly used: wasting (low weight-for-height, associated with a recent period of starvation), stunting (low height-for-age, reflecting a sustained past episode or episodes of undernutrition) and underweight (low weight-for-age, resulting from inadequate food intake, past episodes of undernutrition or poor health conditions). Nutritionally deprived children are those who are significantly smaller compared with commonly used uniform standards for child growth.

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