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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

Child malnutrition in South Africa: Results from the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1)

Type :
Conference & seminar papers
Author :
HSRC
Published :
2018

This seminar will describe malnutrition in South African children aged under 15 years, using data from the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1) of 2012. South Africa has adopted several policies to address child malnutrition. However, indicators measuring undernutrition, such as the prevalence of stunting, remain relatively high for a middle income country. Undernutrition is linked to the environment in which children live, which encompasses familial, socio-economic and biological factors. South Africans are also undergoing lifestyle changes, marked by changing diets and lower levels of physical activity. In recent years, there is an emergence of childhood and pubertal obesity, leading to long term risks of non-communicable diseases.