Nakakataba ba, boy? Iloilo health officials warn vs child obesity

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Health officials in Iloilo City are advocating alternative foods and eating habits to prevent obesity among children there.

City Health Office Nutrition Center in-charge Theresa Garganera said there are 726 obese children aged zero to 60 months in Iloilo City.

Garganera said this is due to an unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle dominated by gadgets and television.

“And while watching TV or playing the gadgets or in front of the computer, they are munching on food that are most likely junk like chips,” she said.

Azucena Arroyo, nutritionist-dietician IV of the Department of Health 6, added obesity is becoming an emerging nutritional problem partly due to commodities from abroad.

“As you can see in the groceries you can buy chips, chocolates, cakes, pastries, ice cream, and fast food encourages you to upsize your orders,” she said.

Garganera encouraged adults to be role models so children can consume at least three to five cups of fruits and vegetables a day, and cut down on carbohydrate-filled food and sweets.

Aside from this, the city health office encourages healthy diet in barangays, and pre-schoolers having 15-minute exercises before the start of their classes three times a week.

“Let us go back to boiled root crops or fresh bananas or buko as snack instead of carbonated drinks,” Arroyo added.