Nutritional Status, Feeding Recommendation, and Counseling

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  • Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond (WHO).


Direct methods of nutritional assessment:

  • A: Anthropometric measurements.
  • B: Biochemical (laboratory) findings.
  • C: Clinical methods.
  • D: Dietary evaluation methods.

Nutritional Status[edit]

Growth Chart example

The CDC Growth Charts are the most commonly used indicator to measure the size and growth patterns of children and teens in the United States.

Weight Status Category Percentile Range
Underweight Less than the 5th percentile
Normal or Healthy Weight 5th percentile to less than the 85th percentile
Overweight 85th to less than the 95th percentile
Obese 95th percentile or greater


Further Reading[edit]