oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - The importance of access to food intake data : editorial
In its different forms, malnutrition is said to be one of the greatest, and at the same time, one of the most preventable obstacles in terms of fulfillment of human potential and health status. It also places a significant burden on individuals, households and the national health system, as well as the entire cultural, social and economic make-up of a nation. Compared to the cost of treating and dealing with the different effects of malnutrition, its prevention is much more economical and also has a positive impact on productivity and economic growth, education, intellectual capacity and social development.
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