NUTRITIONAL ASSESSMENT IN CHILDREN OF A KIDS NURSERY IN MINAS GERAIS: EXPERIENCE REPORT
Authors: Fernanda Penido Matozinhos, Manoel Messias Pacheco de Freitas, Glaucia Tatiane Pontes Pascoal, Juliana Oliveira Santos, Lilian Ismenia de Jesus, Suely Medeiros dos Santos, Valeria Aparecida da Silva, Larissa Cristina Silva Bastos
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The nutritional problems are, undoubtedly, one of the most important public health problems worldwide, are directly rela- ted to socioeconomic conditions and cultural underprivileged and have as their biggest victim, the child. In this context, it is worth noting that one of the ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cases of child morbidity is characterized by actions that aim to improve and control of possible eating disorders. One of these actions refers to nutritional assessment. Thus, this article describes the experience carried out with children aged 1 to 5 years of age enrolled in a nursery schools located in a muni- cipality in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. The goal of the experiment and study was to report the experience of an assessment of the nutritional status, by means of anthropometric values of these children, in addition to educational actions for children and educators outside the scenario encountered.The study was conducted with 62 children and the variables for the same were sex, age, weight (kg), height/height (cm) and body mass index (BMI) (kg/m2). Initially, education activities were carried out in health and then there was the test of weight and height of the children. BMI values in the children were introduced to the children’s BMI graphic. The data were processed and analyzed using the Statistical Software program (Stata). This study showed that a trend for underweight disorder is even more aggravating than overweight and also showed that some progress are being made, but the underweight and overweight are major problems in the field of child care. The attention to children’s health is a priority within the care for public health care and the inclusion in the child’s environment made us reflect on the need for better attention concerning to our country’s adults future.