Anthropometric indices and measures to assess change in the nutritional status of a population: a systematic literature review


Frison, S; Kerac, M; Checchi, F; Prudhon, C; (2016) Anthropometric indices and measures to assess change in the nutritional status of a population: a systematic literature review. BMC Nutrition, 2 (1). p. 76. ISSN 2055-0928 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s40795-016-0104-4

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Abstract

Undernutrition is a major public health issue highlighted by the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, with target 2.2 aiming to ‘end hunger’ by 2030. On-going surveillance is essential detecting nutritional stress in a population and is key to planning consequent interventions. Whilst methodologies of nutritional surveillance systems vary across different settings, organisations and even within the same country, the direct evidence-base underpinning these practices is limited. This paper aims therefore to: 1) compare the performance of different anthropometric indices/measurements for detecting change in the nutritional situation at population level; 2) discuss their properties and appropriateness for use in a surveillance system.

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Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3418828

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