75th World Health Assembly: IAEA highlights nuclear techniques for health

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The Agency helps countries fight malnutrition in all its forms, using nuclear and stable isotope techniques that generate accurate data that can be used to improve nutrition interventions and programs. Using these techniques, many countries have the capacity to assess body composition, breastfeeding practices, micronutrient intake from food, the link between acute malnutrition in early life and later illnesses, and to understand the evolution of childhood obesity.

The IAEA is collaborating with the WHO on a research project aimed at providing knowledge on the link between early nutrition and later childhood health, the effectiveness of early interventions to reduce later childhood obesity and impact of different nutritional interventions on increasing lean tissue in children. moderately malnourished children. The two organizations also jointly hosted an international symposium in 2018 to address undernutrition and obesity, known as the double burden of malnutrition.

“Good nutrition is fundamental to human health at all ages,” said Meena Singelee, Head of the IAEA’s Geneva Liaison Office, who delivered the IAEA’s statement on nutrition. “Nearly every country in the world is affected by malnutrition, and many of them experience multiple burdens of malnutrition.”

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