FrieslandCampina investigates the nutrition status of 20,000 children in Southeast Asia

FrieslandCampina is the initiator of SEANUTS: the Southeast Asia Nutrition Survey. It is one of the largest and most extensive surveys to study the nutritional status of children in the region. The research is conducted by reputable universities and research institutes in Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.

SEANUTS II (2019-2021)

On November 26th 2018, FrieslandCampina announced the initiation of the second edition of the survey. The aim is to study the nutritional status of more than 20,000 children aged six months to 12 years. Information will be gathered on growth, dietary intake, physical activity and biochemical parameters. Due to the extent and severity of malnutrition in the region, this second edition of the survey will put extra focus on gaining insights on protein consumption. Protein is a critical building block for children’s growth and development.

SEANUTS I (2011-2012)

The first edition of survey was conducted in 2010-2011. The results reinforced the persistence of the important nutrition and health issue ‘hidden hunger’ in South East Asia. The term ‘hidden hunger’ illustrates nutritional deficiencies that cannot be visibly observed. Overall, the children may appear healthy or even overfed but they may still suffer from a significant lack of nutrients such as vitamin D and calcium; essential components for the growth and development. The results of SEANUTS I were successfully translated into nutrition and lifestyle programs like DrinkMoveBeStrong and School Milk Programs, FrieslandCampina Nutritional Standards and support of government policies.