IRIN has provided a glossary of commonly used words and phrases in the food and nutrition sphere of global development.
Acute malnutrition: A sudden, drastic reduction in nutritional intake. Affects some 55 million children around the world. See GAM, MAM, SAM. Cf chronic malnutrition.
BMI - Body mass index: The number reached when weight (in kg) divided by height (in metres) is squared. Used in assessments of malnutrition.
BNSP - Basic nutrition services package: Measures to treat and prevent malnutrition as well as to promote optimal nutrition behaviours and practices, including acute malnutrition management, micronutrient support, immunization and deworming.