2013 NNC survey says 3 of 10 Filipinos obese

March 18, 2015 6:03 am 

BAGUIO CITY, March 17 — Based on the 8th National Nutrition Council Survey conducted in 2013, three out of 10 Filipinos are obese or overweight, and the prevalence of overweight children and teenagers is increasing.

In an interview on Tuesday, March 17, National Nutrition Council (NNC) – Cordillera Region Nutritionist Wendy Mana-a said the region is in the top 3 list of regions where obesity is prevalent.

Mana-a said that the agency, as a part of the Nutrition Month celebration in July, is conducting an information, education and communication (IEC) campaign in all the provinces of the region.

This year’s celebration will evolve around the theme, “Timbang iwasto sa tamang nutrisyon at ehersisyo!”

The 2015 Nutrition Month IEC campaign aims to increase awareness on the role and importance of proper nutrition and physical activity in the prevention of overweight and obesity among the general public.

It also aims to encourage Filipinos to make positive decisions towards consumption of healthy diets and be physically active to prevent non-communicable diseases as a result of overweight and obesity.

Mana-a said among the health risks linked to obesity include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, gout and breathing problems.

Based on the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) statistics, among adults 20 years old and above, the prevalence of overweight and obesity increased from 16.6 percent in 1993 to 31.1 percent in 2013.

Women tend to be fatter than men with the prevalence at 34.4 percent for females and 27.5 percent for males.

Overweight and obesity prevalence among children is at 5 percent while among teenagers it is at 8.3 percent.

Analysis of the 2013 national nutrition survey results showed that children who belong to wealthier families tend to be more overweight and obese than those coming from poorer households.

While these figures are a cause for concern, it is to be noted that undernutrition (underweight, stunting and wasting) is also a major problem.

Obesity is a risk factor to non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, Mana-a said. (PNA)

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