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Title of Paper: Proposed recommended nutrient densities for moderately malnourished children

Type of Paper: Review

Purpose: In 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) organized a meeting on the nutrient needs and the dietary management of moderate malnutrition in children under 5 years of age. This paper was written as a background paper for the meeting and was included in the special issue on the Dietary Management of Moderate Malnutrition in the Food and Nutrition Bulletin. The purpose of this paper was to define the Recommended Nutrient Intakes (RNIs) for children with moderate malnutrition who live in poor environments.

Introduction:

Recommended Nutrient Intakes (RNIs):

Conclusions:

Moderately malnourished children have a higher risk for illness and dying than healthy children, but do not suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition. The RNIs for moderately malnourished children are between those recommended for healthy children and those recommended for severely malnourished children. All nutrients (not just calories) need to be restored for healthy recovery of moderate malnutrition.

Reference:

Golden MH. Proposed recommended nutrient densities for moderately malnourished children. Food Nutr Bull. 2009;30:S267-342.


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