Volume 7, Issue 5, September 2018, Page: 155-159
Short Communication: Recommended Dietary Allowance for School-Aged Children in Cambodia
Yoko Horiuchi, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Aomori University of Health and Welfare, Aomori, Japan
Kaoru Kusama, Department of Food and Health sciences, Faculty of Health and Human Development, The University of Nagano, Nagano, Japan
Hiroko Oji, NOM POPOK, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Sar Kanha, Foundation for International Development/Relief (FIDR), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Nobuo Yoshiike, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Aomori University of Health and Welfare, Aomori, Japan
Received: Aug. 10, 2018;       Accepted: Sep. 4, 2018;       Published: Sep. 28, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20180705.11      View  628      Downloads  258
Abstract
Nutrient standards have not been developed for school-aged children in Cambodia, which has led to a lack of basic nutritional education and feeding programs in schools. This article highlights the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for school-aged children in Cambodia, which was developed by the Ministry of Health in 2016 with the participation of representatives from relevant government agencies, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations. Because of the limited amount of data and scientific knowledge specified for Cambodia, this new RDA (CAM-RDA) was based on Southeast Asian RDAs (SEA-RDA) and used extrapolation methods shown in various guidelines such as those of the World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization/United Nations, Japan, or the USA/Canada. First, the Foundation for International Development/Relief (FIDR) conducted a nutritional survey using a 24-h dietary method combined with anthropometric measurements among 2,020 children aged 6–17 years throughout Cambodia between November 2014 and July 2015 (CAM-data). The body weight and height values recorded were much lower than the reference values used in SEA-RDA. Therefore, an estimated ideal weight was determined as the reference value for CAM-RDA; that is, the intermediate value between of the reference value from SEA-RDA and the median value from the CAM-data was set to the reference weight values to calculate the requirements for energy and 19 nutrients in the CAM-RDA. Because an increase in body weight of Cambodian children is expected in the future due to nutrition transition, the reference values should be reviewed. We hope that the CAM-RDA will help in guiding the national nutritional policies in Cambodia.
Keywords
Cambodia, School-Aged Children, Recommended Dietary Allowance, Development, Reference Weight
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Yoko Horiuchi, Kaoru Kusama, Hiroko Oji, Sar Kanha, Nobuo Yoshiike, Short Communication: Recommended Dietary Allowance for School-Aged Children in Cambodia, International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Vol. 7, No. 5, 2018, pp. 155-159. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20180705.11
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