Double Burden & SUN

Indonesia’s double burden challenge is unique and complex, crossing diverse social, economic and geographic boundaries.
Double Burden Case in Indonesia

Our country continues to make great headway tackling its commitment to Millennium Development Goals, reducing child mortality and other health issues in impoverished areas. But even today, one in every three Indonesian children under the age of 5 suffers from stunted growth. That’s more than 7.6 million children in Indonesia, whose healthy growth and development is affected due to malnutrition.

Today we also face the new challenge of children growing up over-nourished. This is particularly prevalent in urban areas experiencing rapid economic growth and an expanding middle class. As families benefit from more disposable income, eating habits change, both with adults and children. The 2010 Basic Health Research Study showed that 14% of children in Indonesia are overweight. That is up from 12.2% in 2007.

Over nourishment can lead to early childhood obesity and create life-long health challenges. Early childhood obesity is one of the greatest risk factors for developing diabetes as well as suffering cardiovascular and heart problems later in life. In fact, the Prevalence of Diabetes Journal by the World Health Organization predicted that by 2030, Indonesia, the fourth largest country in the world, will have the highest number of people suffering from diabetes at an estimated 21.3 million people.

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Collaborating Across Indonesia to Help Build World Class Public Health Society

Government leaders alone can’t tackle this growing challenge. Public-private partnership is essential to promote healthy early life nutrition across Indonesia.

Nutricia is committed to engage and collaborate with the government, the public health community and social leaders to help mothers provide all children with proper healthy nutrition choices. We are taking a leadership role to help promote early life nutrition education, improve access to care and create economic development opportunities for mothers to help give their children the right start to a healthy life.

Scaling Up Nutrition

Nutricia Indonesia supports our nation’s commitment to the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN) and the importance of SUN as a national platform to raise awareness of the threat of over-nourishment and childhood obesity.

Scaling Up Nutrition is a movement initiated by the United Nations to combat child early life nutrition challenges worldwide. Indonesia is one of the 28 countries that have formally launched a national SUN movement. SUN in Indonesia is led by the Ministry of State Welfare (Menko Kesra), Ministry of Health (Kementerian Kesehatan) and Ministry of Women Empowerment & Child Protection (Kementerian Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Perlindungan Anak), and coordinated by the National Body of Development Plan (Bappenas).

Nutricia is proud to be among hundreds of organizations, institutions and companies committed to collaborating with Nutricia partners to support SUN and make early life nutrition for mothers and children a top national priority.

Health Professionals' Voices on Early Life Nutrition

Dr. dr. Noroyono Wibowo, SPoG (K) on The Importance of Early Life Nutrition


Dr. Widjaja Lukito, PhD, SpGK on
Double Burden


Dr. Yoga Devaera, SpA(K) on
Breastfeeding & Child Nutrition