Nutrient Intake in the First Thousand Days Define Quality of Life
Jakarta – nutrition expert Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) Soekirman said nutrition in the first thousand days of the baby’s age will determine the quality of life in the future. Therefore, efforts to increase and improve nutrition should be as optimal as possible.
Soekirman who is also Professor of Food Science IPB was in Jakarta, Tuesday (26/2), argues, all stakeholders must participate and pay attention to the first 1,000 days of the program, since the fetus in the womb until the age of two years.
“Accelerating the improvement of nutrition in the first thousand days should start from pregnancy until the child is 2 years old,” said Chairman of the Nutrition Foundation for Food Fortification Development Indonesia IPB it.
Soekirman welcomed by many developed nutrition-related development programs in the community. The man, who also serves as Chairman of Danone Institute asks all parties to support the national nutrition program.
“Some of the nutrition improvement program has done some private companies are ‘Come on Literacy Community Nutrition and Nutrion Education Center (AMG Connect)’ a collaboration between Bogor Agricultural and PT Sarihusada,” he said as quoted by AntaraNews.
Cooperation among facilitate nutrition education for the 200 volunteers, including community activists nutrition education in the region posyandu Bogor and other parties who have a concern for community nutrition education.
He hoped that, with the increasing number of programs related to nutrition education of the mothers were able to compile a simple menu for children and their families with a balanced nutritional content. He also hoped the problem of malnutrition in Indonesia can be reduced as low as possible. Previous Minister of Health (Minister of Health) Nafsiah Mboi said, nutrition is very important and fundamental to human life. According to him, in addition to nutritional deficiencies can cause health problems may also lower the quality of human resources (HR) of a nation.
“In a broader scale, malnutrition can be a threat to the security and survival of a nation,” said Nafsiah.
She added, given the size and complexity of food and nutrition problems in Indonesia, requiring strong institutional treatment involving a variety of experts, discipline, as well as professionals from ministries and stakeholders. “We have to think about how to build a nutrition center that can provide the best nutrition and we have to admit the formation of the institute was very, very, very important,” he said.
From the results Riskesdas, prevalence of malnutrition among children under five at 17.9 percent and 35.6 percent stunted, and an estimated 14.2 percent of children under five in Indonesia having more nutrition and overweight (obesity), even in the adult group, malnutrition prevalence has reached 21 percent.
“Being overweight is also another problem that will have a negative impact on on the day older we,” said the Minister.