Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences
Ethelwyn B. Wilcox
Thailand is located in souteast Asia between Burman, Laos, and Cambodia. It has a long coast line as one strip of land reaches out into the sea. It has a warm climate with much rain, especially in the south. There are 27 million people in the area of 200,000 square miles. Rice ranks number one in the Thailand diet. Next to rice is fish, both from fresh water and from the sea.
A nutritional survey was first made in Thailand in Bang Chan Village in 1952-54, in connection with the Cornell-Thailand project. Since the results covered only a small segment of the population, a number of surveys have since been made which were directed toward finding information on nutritional status of additional groups of Thai people in other areas of Thailand. The most extensive survey ever made in Thailand was the work of the Interdepartmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense in 1960.
Malnutrition does exist in spite of the fact that Thailand is a food surplus country. Factors involved are an imbalance of foods eaten, often low intake of protein, economic problems in many rural areas, and sometimes even in urban areas, and ignorance or lack of education in nutrition.
Larptavee, Methee, "Nutrition in Thailand" (1966). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 824.