Proper nutrition is fundamental to health. The world is facing a double burden of malnutrition – undernutrition and obesity coexist, contributing to non-communicable diseases. Using stable isotope techniques, nutrition and health professionals can develop and evaluate nutrition actions to combat all forms of malnutrition.

  • Infant and young child nutrition

    Appropriate feeding practices in the early months and years of life are important to achieve optimal health outcomes, and intellectual and social development. Stable isotope techniques are used to evaluate activities to improve infant and young child feeding practices. Read more →

  • Childhood Obesity

    Childhood obesity

    Overweight and obesity in childhood are associated with increased risk of obesity and related non-communicable diseases in adulthood, potentially contributing to premature death. Stable isotopes are used to assess body composition and physical activity to evaluate programmes for management of overweight and obesity. Read more →

  • Maternal and adolescent nutrition

    Good maternal and adolescent nutrition is required to ensure women and children’s health and nutritional status across generations. Stable isotopes are used to assess actions to improve adolescents’ and women’s diet quality, lifestyle and ability for child care, and how they contribute to better nutritional status and health. Read more →

  • Nutrition and ageing

    The population of the elderly is increasing rapidly. Loss of lean muscle and bone, micronutrient deficiencies, overweight and obesity are among the major health problems they face. Nuclear and isotopic techniques can measure changes in bone density, muscle mass, physical activity and nutrient uptake. Read more →

  • Diet quality

    Diet quality refers to a diversified, balanced and healthy diet, which provides energy and all essential nutrients for growth and a healthy and active life. A variety of foods is needed to cover a person’s nutrient needs. Stable isotopes can be used to assess diet quality and the effects on vitamin A and nutritional status. Read more →

  • Assessing health effects

    Econutrition is an integrative approach to understand interactions between nutrition and the environment. Stable isotope techniques assess how food-based approaches improve diet quality and how nutrition status and health are influenced by poor environmental hygiene and sanitation, toxic elements, and changes in lifestyle. Read more →


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