Childhood obesity and suboptimal nourishment status: The case of vitamin D
Vitamin D seems to play a role in several body functions, beyond bone health, in early childhood. Since most circulating vitamin D is synthesized endogenously through sunlight exposure, it was believed that latitude would mainly influence its levels. Nowadays, there is growing evidence that obesity coexists with suboptimal vitamin D status. Although there is no clear explanation regarding this association, low vitamin D intake, limited exposure to sunlight and sequestration of vitamin D in the a
Selection of SEANUTS presentations regional conference 6-7 November 2012
On 6 and 7 November last year, a regional conference was organized to present the preliminary results of the SEANUTS study and discuss current updates on childhood nutrition and development. The study investigated the dietary intake, nutritional status and physical activity and cognition levels of more than 16,000 children aged 6 months to 12 years. The Proceedings summarizes the presentations of international experts and take out messages of the conference.
Overweight in children: the role of breakfast
Overweight in children is becoming more common and is a major public health issue worldwide. Different factors interplay in the development of overweight, such as birth weight, genetic implications and socioeconomic status. Besides, nutrition and dietary habits play a role, in particular breakfast.
Childhood obesity and suboptimal nourishment status: The case of iron deficiency
Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies worldwide. While in developing countries inadequate diet or low iron intake is the main reason behind iron deficiency, this cannot explain the high prevalence of this deficiency among overweight and obese children in developed countries. Possibly, the inflammation status related to the increased fat mass among these subjects may mediate the suboptimal iron levels and consequently increase the risk for iron deficiency and iron def
SEANUTS reveals critical issues of malnutrition among Thai children
Bangkok 22 November 2012: The Institute of Nutrition of Mahidol University (INMU), in collaboration with the Nutrition Association of Thailand under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhon (NAT), the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, and Royal FrieslandCampina, has announced the results of the Thai South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS): Nutrition status of Thai Children.
Minimal food processing may reduce risk of food allergy
Normal food processing and meal preparations such as cooking, frying and baking, stimulates a non-enzymatic reaction between sugars and proteins. This reaction is known as the Maillard reaction (MR) or glycation.
Effects of early life nutrition and hygiene on childhood allergies: New insights from the Far East
Studies have shown that several factors contribute to the development of childhood allergy, including genetics, nutrition and the environment (1). In the Far East, rapid urbanization has been linked to increased childhood allergies (2). It is estimated that the lifetime prevalence of eczema among children 6–7 years old in Hong Kong is 30.7% (3). Among children attending nurseries and kindergartens, the prevalence rate of parent-reported adverse food reactions was as high as 8.1% (1).
SEANUTS Indonesia conference results shared
In the search for a better understanding of children’s nutritional and health status in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, Royal FrieslandCampina initiated an in-depth multidisciplinary study in conjunction with reputed institutes/universities, known collectively as the South East Asian Nutrition Surveys (SEANUTS). FrieslandCampina conducted the research along with PERSAGI in Indonesia in the period from January to December 2011. The study involved 7,211 children aged 6 months to 12 year
Publication on sialic acid
The role of sialic acid in infant nutrition has been studied by researchers due to its potential supportive roles in brain development and function, resistance to pathogens, gut maturation and immune function.
Early life microbiota development and respiratory infections
Despite the decreasing trend in childhood mortality rates in the past two decades, death among children less than 60 months old remains high. In 2015 alone, there were 5.9 million deaths among children 5 years old and below, 2.7 million (45.8%) of which occurred in the neonatal period. Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of these deaths, estimated at 0.92 million cases. (1)