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Perspectivas en Nutrición Humana

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YANEZ-ANDRADE, Juan Carlos. The Nutrition Survey as a Method of Study of Nutrition Status in a Population: The Case of Municipal Workers of Santiago of Chile (1936). Perspect Nut Hum [online]. 2018, vol.20, n.2, pp.205-214. ISSN 0124-4108.


Diagnoses in the beginning of the 20th Century showed the deterioration of material conditions of life in the general population, especially the poorest. One of the most important aspects was the problem of access to adequate food and diet. The objective of this reflection is to analyze the results of a nutrition survey applied in 1936 to the workers of the Department of Cleanliness of the Municipality of Santiago de Chile.


The survey of the Municipality of Santiago de Chile provides important information on calorie consumption, height and weight. This survey allows for discussion of the scope of the survey as a research technique during the 1930s and 1940s, and the reasons why it was imposed against other methods such as the use of national surveillance systems.


The survey applied to the workers of the Municipality of Santiago shows their privileged conditions in regards to income, dietary intake, and Body Mass Index.

Keywords : Nutrition surveys; nutrition for vulnerable groups; nutritional status; government employees; Chile.

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