37 million overweight, obese Pinoys: PH Nutrition Council

Market goers buy goods at Litex Market in Quezon City on June 8, 2022. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News/Dossier

PH Nutrition Council pushes against unhealthy food ads

MANILA — About 37 million Filipinos are overweight or obese, an official with the Philippines Nutrition Council said Friday, warning the public against eating unhealthy foods.

While there are also millions of Filipinos who are going hungry due to the rising cost of basic commodities, there are also those who are suffering from the ill effects of being overweight, said Jovita Raval, Division of nutritional information and education.

Obesity usually stems from excessive consumption of salty and fatty foods, as well as lack of sleep and physical exercise, she said.

“We really need to take care of giving them a balanced diet, unsalted and too fatty foods and we need to promote physical activity,” she said.

“In young people, it’s important for them to have the right bedtime,” she said.

The Nutrition Council is pushing for approval of a “nutrient profile model”, which will give consumers a list of unhealthy foods that should not be advertised to children, she said.

“We are pushing for local governments to also pass an ordinance banning the sale, marketing and advertising of unhealthy food and drink, as it has a big influence on young people,” she said.

The government must also tackle the opposite side of the spectrum, namely malnutrition, Raval said.

“Other families are also studying because their incomes have become low, instead of eating fish before, they have started eating processed foods, canned foods, instant noodles which are not very nutritious,” he said. she declared.

Raval advised families to prioritize buying food – especially fruits and vegetables – over other expenses such as vices.

Planting simple crops can help families get nutritious food at very minimal cost, she said.

“Underweight children, when they get sick and their body is so weak, they can kill it, so it’s really worrying,” she said.

“There are foods that are not so expensive but we don’t pay attention to, such as leafy green vegetables…Let’s also choose mongoose and beans…It’s one of the cheap sources of high-protein foods,” she said.

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