Design of the South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS): A four-country multistage cluster design study

Anne Schaafsma, Paul Deurenberg, Wim Calame, Ellen G H M Van Den Heuvel, Christien Van Beusekom, Jo Hautvast, S. Sandjaja, Bee Koon Poh, Nipa Rojroongwasinkul, Bao Khanh Le Nguyen, Panam Parikh, Ilse Khouw

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Abstract

Nutrition is a well-known factor in the growth, health and development of children. It is also acknowledged that worldwide many people have dietary imbalances resulting in over- or undernutrition. In 2009, the multinational food company FrieslandCampina initiated the South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS), a combination of surveys carried out in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, to get a better insight into these imbalances. The present study describes the general study design and methodology, as well as some problems and pitfalls encountered. In each of these countries, participants in the age range of 0·5-12 years were recruited according to a multistage cluster randomised or stratified random sampling methodology. Field teams took care of recruitment and data collection. For the health status of children, growth and body composition, physical activity, bone density, and development and cognition were measured. For nutrition, food intake and food habits were assessed by questionnaires, whereas in subpopulations blood and urine samples were collected to measure the biochemical status parameters of Fe, vitamins A and D, and DHA. In Thailand, the researchers additionally studied the lipid profile in blood, whereas in Indonesia iodine excretion in urine was analysed. Biochemical data were analysed in certified laboratories. Study protocols and methodology were aligned where practically possible. In December 2011, data collection was finalised. In total, 16744 children participated in the present study. Information that will be very relevant for formulating nutritional health policies, as well as for designing innovative food and nutrition research and development programmes, has become available.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Volume110
Issue numberSUPPL.3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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Indonesia
Nutrition Surveys
Thailand
Overnutrition
Urine
Food
Vietnam
Bone Development
Malaysia
Feeding Behavior
Health Policy
Body Composition
Vitamin A
Growth and Development
Vitamin D
Malnutrition
Iodine
Bone Density
Cognition
Health Status

Keywords

  • Children
  • Design
  • Infants
  • Nutrition survey
  • South East Asia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

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Schaafsma, A., Deurenberg, P., Calame, W., Van Den Heuvel, E. G. H. M., Van Beusekom, C., Hautvast, J., ... Khouw, I. (2013). Design of the South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS): A four-country multistage cluster design study. British Journal of Nutrition, 110(SUPPL.3). https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114513002067

Design of the South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS) : A four-country multistage cluster design study. / Schaafsma, Anne; Deurenberg, Paul; Calame, Wim; Van Den Heuvel, Ellen G H M; Van Beusekom, Christien; Hautvast, Jo; Sandjaja, S.; Poh, Bee Koon; Rojroongwasinkul, Nipa; Le Nguyen, Bao Khanh; Parikh, Panam; Khouw, Ilse.

In: British Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 110, No. SUPPL.3, 09.2013.

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Schaafsma, A, Deurenberg, P, Calame, W, Van Den Heuvel, EGHM, Van Beusekom, C, Hautvast, J, Sandjaja, S, Poh, BK, Rojroongwasinkul, N, Le Nguyen, BK, Parikh, P & Khouw, I 2013, 'Design of the South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS): A four-country multistage cluster design study', British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 110, no. SUPPL.3. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114513002067
Schaafsma A, Deurenberg P, Calame W, Van Den Heuvel EGHM, Van Beusekom C, Hautvast J et al. Design of the South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS): A four-country multistage cluster design study. British Journal of Nutrition. 2013 Sep;110(SUPPL.3). https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007114513002067
Schaafsma, Anne ; Deurenberg, Paul ; Calame, Wim ; Van Den Heuvel, Ellen G H M ; Van Beusekom, Christien ; Hautvast, Jo ; Sandjaja, S. ; Poh, Bee Koon ; Rojroongwasinkul, Nipa ; Le Nguyen, Bao Khanh ; Parikh, Panam ; Khouw, Ilse. / Design of the South East Asian Nutrition Survey (SEANUTS) : A four-country multistage cluster design study. In: British Journal of Nutrition. 2013 ; Vol. 110, No. SUPPL.3.
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