Department of Education (DepEd) Northern Mindanao baseline nutritional status for school year 2011-2012 shows low prevalence of students with below normal body mass index (BMI).

Among 204,391 secondary students, only 1.39 percent, or 2,851 students, was recorded with severely wasted weights (low-weight-for-height).

Zenaida T. Tondares, Region 10 Nutrition Coordinator said provinces which can be considered nutritionally depressed using the 1.39 percent regional cut off are Bukidnon (1.54 percent), Misamis Occidental (1.48 percent), and Camiguin (1.45).

Misamis Oriental has the same prevalence rate with the region while Lanao del Norte bares the lowest turn-out with only 0.75 percent.

Among the cities, Iligan City (2.09 percent), Cagayan de Oro City (1.96 percent) and Tangub City (1.46 percent) have high prevalence rates than the 1.39 percent average rate, while all other cities have lower prevalence rates.

Elementary school children (ESC) with weights severely wasted has posted higher regional prevalence percent average rate of 2.46 percent, or 18,157 children out of the 737,004 regional total.

Lanao del Norte ESC returned a 3.13 percent prevalence rate, the only province posting bigger prevalence rate than the 2.46 percent average.

Among the cities, Cagayan de Oro with its 3.79 percent prevalence rate is at the top, followed by Tangub City (3.43 percent), Gingoog City (3.32 percent) and Ilgan City (3.06 percent) and Oroquita City (2.73 percent).

Tondares said the conduct of the baseline nutrition assessment will serve a basis for a responsive regional plan of action for nutrition.

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