BAGUIO CITY, July 18 (PIA) – – The National Nutrition Council reminds the public to maintain a healthy lifestyle and have a balanced diet as overweight or obesity among children and adults in Cordillera Region is a growing concern.
NNC Cordillera Regional Nutrition Program Coordinator Rita Papey, in a kapihan media forum, reported that under-nutrition is not the concern now but overweight or obesity wherein Cordillera recorded a 33 percent overweight/obesity rate based on 2015 National Nutrition Survey data. This is higher than the average national rate of 30%.
Papey reported that for pre – school children, Cordillera recorded the second highest prevalence rate among all regions in the country, and ranked third or fourth in other age groups.
The primary reason for obesity is sedentary lifestyle. People today are not much into physical activities and they focus more on (electronic) gadgets. They also ride instead of walking even if going to short distance destinations, Papery said.
Lack of exercise or physical activity is one reason why the food we eat are not properly processed and utilized by the body and eventually turns into fats, she explained.
Other contributory factors that Papey pointed out are the foods people eat. With the many food chains, restaurant and eateries around, more and more people prefer to eat fast foods that contain more oils, fats and preservatives.
Also highlighted in the said forum is the importance of a pre –natal care to pregnant mothers as well for them to stay healthy during pregnancy and lactation.
The NNC Cordillera – led media forum was in observance of the 42nd National Nutrition Month with the theme, “First 1000 Days ni Baby, Pahalagahan Para sa Malusog na Kinabukasan”, to highlight the importance of ensuring the health and nutrition of a baby in the first 1,000 days through exclusive breastfeeding and proper
Other panelists include medical officer Dr. Helen Colewan and Baguio City Nutrition Officer Angelita Sabado, Dr. Pelin Belino, Dean of the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods of the Benguet State University, and Nutritionist Dominga Gawe of the Under Five Clinic of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center. (JDP/CCD/H. Quintos – PIA/UP Intern).