IRON DEFICIENCY REMAINS AN ONGOING ISSUE FOR MANY NEW ZEALANDERS, WITH MANY UNAWARE THEY HAVE DEFICIENT LEVELS.
According to the last national nutrition survey, one in 14 adult women over 15 years old have iron deficiency and over a third of teenage girls aged 15-18 years do not achieve their daily iron requirements.
Furthermore, 8 out of 10 toddlers are not meeting the recommended daily intake of dietary iron and 14% of children under 2 are deficient.
In recognition of these concerning statistics, Beef + Lamb New Zealand is pleased to facilitate the 6th World Iron Awareness Week commencing Monday 26 August 2019, with an aim to raise awareness on the importance of dietary iron, recognising the signs of low iron and what you can do about it.
8 OUT OF 10 TODDLERS DON'T MEET THE RECOMMENDED DAILY INTAKE OF DIETARY IRON (1).
IRON IS CRUCIAL FOR BRAIN DEVELOPMENT IN BABIES AND TODDLERS.
14% OF CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 2 ARE IRON DEFICIENT (2).
AT 7 MONTHS, A BABY NEEDS MORE IRON THAN HER DAD (3).
1 IN 14 NEW ZEALAND WOMEN ARE LOW IN IRON (4).
OVER 1/3 OF TEENAGE GIRLS DON'T ACHIEVE THEIR DAILY IRON REQUIREMENTS (4).
1: Wall, CR et al. (2008). Ethnic variance in iron status: is it related to dietary intake? Public Health Nutr 12 (9):1413-1421. 2: Grant, CC et al. (2007). Population prevalence and risk factors for iron deficiency in Auckland, New Zealand. J Paediatr Child Health 43: 532-538. 3. National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand including Recommended Dietary Intakes. Canberra: NHMRC, Wellington: Ministry of Health, 2006. 4: University of Otago and Ministry of Health. (2011). A Focus on Nutrition: Key findings of the 2008/09 New Zealand Adult Nutrition Survey. Wellington: Ministry of Health.