National Nutrition Policy (NNP)

The first National Nutrition Policy (NNP) was first developed in Sri Lanka in 1986 and several revisions have been taken place thereafter. Despite many changes in the socio-economic status in the country, malnutrition indicators have not improved during the past two decades. Current evidence has highlighted the importance of targeted direct and indirect nutrition interventions delivered through the lifecycle approach to improve the nutrition status at all stages of the lifecycle.

Revised NNP formulated by the Nutrition Division, Ministry of Health with active contribution from stakeholders from multiple sectors, emphasizes the importance of a strongly committed political and social leadership, partnership building and coalition among health and non-health sectors, and the social behavior change communication for good dietary habits and proper income management at the household level to achieve food and nutrition security among all Sri Lankans.

What is the body mass index (BMI)?

The body mass index (BMI) is a measure that uses your height and weight to work out whether your weight is healthy.  BMI is calculated by dividing an adults’s weight in kilograms by their height in meters squared.  For example, A BMI of 25 means 25kg/m2. Read More