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Iran: Nutrition Survey of the Armed Forces. Supplement No. 1 -- The Khash Survey

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Survey rept. 23 Jan-12 Apr 1956

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The Nutrition Survey of the Armed Forces conducted by the joint U.S.-Iran Nutrition Survey Team from 23 January to 12 April 1956, included plans to survey troops in the Khash area. However, inclement weather made it necessary to defer the Khash survey until late April 1956. As a result, the Iranian Nutrition Survey Team made the survey in Khash after the American team members had departed for home, and forwarded the data and findings to the Interdepartmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense for tabulation and comparison with data from other survey areas in Iran. The Iranian team members reported that more nutritional problems were observed among troops in the Khash area than in any of the other areas surveyed. These problems involved insufficient calories underweight troops, scarcity of fruits and vegetables, and lack of processed foods. Based on physical examination data and biochemical findings, the nutritional status of the troops was borderline in riboflavin, vitamin A or carotene, and vitamin C. In Khash the troops weighed considerably less in relation to height and age than in other areas surveyed. The majority of the troops listed as being in the service for less than 6 months were new recruits inducted only a few days prior to the survey. These inductees showed more physical signs of borderline nutrition than those who had served for over 2 years. This report discusses the location, population, and agriculture of Khash, and then presents the teams findings regarding dietary intake and food service, observed physical health of troops, and the biochemical survey. A list of recommendations regarding the nutrition and feeding of the Iranian Armed Forces in Khash is included.

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  • Government and Political Science
  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Food, Food Service and Nutrition
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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