oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Executive summary : introduction

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 1607-0658
  • E-ISSN: 2221-1268



In 1999 the first ever National Food Consumption Survey (NFCS) was undertaken in 1-9 year old children (n = 2894). The mothers / caregivers of the children were interviewed and information was obtained on the children's growth, dietary intake, procurement patterns and food inventories as well as the prevalence of hunger. This study provided the Department of Health (DOH) for the first time with vital information about the nutritional status of children and the foods eaten and purchased by households in South Africa. Based on this, the DOH was able to develop and implement strategies to address malnutrition in children.

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