FNRI records 25% obesity prevalence in Zambo Peninsula in 2013

October 8, 2014 6:48 am 

By R.G. Antonet A. Go

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Oct. 7 (PNA) -– The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has revealed there was a 25 percent prevalence of obesity cases here in the region for the year 2013.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by DOST-FNRI Supervising Science Research Specialist Leah Perlas during the Regional Dissemination Forum on the 8th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) in this city.

Perlas said this was brought about by the lack of physical activities and more consumption of fast food nowadays.

“Tumataas ang obesity, dumadami ang mga matataba dahil hindi sila physically active,” Perlas said.

Ang hilig nila maglaro na lang sa computer, yung mga walang activity, Perlas added citing they also prefer fast food than the food cooked at home.

FNRI defines obesity as the excess amount of body fat in an individual.

However, recent studies claim that it is not just the amount of fat but its distribution in the body that determines the risk associated with cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

Perlas said the NNS is being conducted every five years to determine and evaluate the food intake, nutrition and health status of Filipinos and update the official statistics on food, nutrition, and health situation in the country.

Those who attended the activity Tuesday here were City, Provincial, and Municipal Nutrition Action Officers from various local government units in the region and from the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Among the topics they discussed are the following: nutritional status of mothers, infants and young children; selected government nutrition interventions for mothers, infants and young children; nutritional status of school age children and adolescents; selected government nutrition interventions for school age children and adolescents; nutritional and health status of adults; and selected government nutrition interventions for adults.

The activity was anchored on the theme “Juan Mission for a Well-nourished Nation.” (PNA)

TPGJR/RGAAG/UTB

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