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Human Health and Nutrition

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Ingredients of Good Nutrition

16 October 2012 | See how scientists use nuclear techniques to understand food consumption and nutrition in this photo essay. More →

See how scientists use nuclear techniques to understand food consumption and nutrition in this photo essay, 16 October 2012.


A Global Approach to Tackle Child Malnutrition - Interview with Alan Jackson
The IAEA supports the activities and goals of the International Malnutrition Task Force (IMTF) through its nutrition programme, which is hosted by the University of Southampton, UK, and convened by Professor Alan Jackson, 21 May 2014.

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Using Stable Isotopes to Manage Child Malnutrition - Interview with Steve Wootton
Nutrition expert, Dr. Steve Wootton, explains how stable isotope techniques can be used to help malnourished children, 21 May 2014.

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Promoting Better Nutrition in Morocco With Nuclear Techniques
The IAEA runs a nutritional studies section that helps countries to evaluate their nutrition programmes. Morocco is one of these countries, 14 May 2014.

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Photo Essays

Non-invasive (non-radioactive) nuclear isotopic techniques are being used by nutrition scientists around the world to tackle obesity by measuring how much people move and how often.

Breastfed children are more resistant to disease and infection as opposed to formula-fed children. They are also less likely to develop diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer later in life. With guidance from the IAEA, countries like the African nation of Morocco are using nuclear techniques to guide national efforts to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby's life.

Iron deficiency is serious business, causing a host of health problems in the tiniest of us (foetuses) up to the oldest of us. Nuclear techniques, particularly the use of stable isotopes, are helping scientists and governments gauge the effectiveness of programmes designed to eliminate iron deficiency in vulnerable populations.

Using nuclear techniques to address the double burden of malnutrition in children in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Improving Diets of Vulnerable Populations

A five-year long project is to be undertaken by the IAEA to improve the diet, nutritional status and ultimately the health of vulnerable populations. The project will assess the impact of children and women's health when more nutritious food is produced and eaten, 21 July 2014:

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Childhood Malnutrition in Morocco

Dr. Abdelwahab Zerrari, Vice President, Aviesaine, discusses travails and triumphs his association encountered in their campaign to reduce childhood malnutrition in Morocco (in French), 11 October 2013:

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Nuclear Science and Childhood Malnutrition

Alan Jackson, Convenor, International Malnutrition Task Force:

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Nuclear Science and Body Composition

Chittaranjan Yajnik, Director, Diabetes Unit, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Pune, India:

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Partnerships for a Lasting Impact

28 October 2014 | Over 40 per cent of deaths of children under five years of age can be linked to malnutrition, according to 2014 data from the World Health Organization. More →

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