author: Jund Rian A. Doringo
Science Research Specialist, FNRI-DOST
The 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) revealed that 4.3 percent or about 4 in every 100 newborns to five year-old children are overweight for their age.
A child is overweight-for-height if the weight is much greater than that of normal children of the same height.
Although the prevalence of overweight children belonging to this age group is still low, it has been steadily increasing since 1989.
Some of the highest prevalence of overweight children five years and below include Ilocos (or Region 1) with 6.3 percent, National Capital Region (NCR) with 6.2 percent and CALABARZON (or Region IV-A) with 5.9 percent.
Unused calories from excessive eating and sedentary lifestyle result to being overweight. Overweight is one of the leading causes of lifestyle-related diseases such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, strokes, muscle and bone disorders, and certain cancers.
A study published in the American Journal of Nutrition in 2010 showed that 43 million children, 35 million of which are in developing countries, were estimated to be overweight and obese, while 92 million were at risk of being overweight.
Worldwide prevalence of childhood overweight and obesity increased from 4.2 percent in 1990 to 6.7 percent in 2010.
The tenth statement of the Nutritional Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF), “For a healthy lifestyle and good nutrition, exercise regularly, do not smoke and avoid drinking alcohol beverages”, focuses on behavior modifications for a healthy lifestyle. The NGF are primary recommendations to achieve good health and proper nutrition of Filipinos which were developed by a team of experts led by the FNRI-DOST.
This guideline aims to encourage people, as well as children, to engage in physical activities through brisk walking, jogging or playing sports, and to turn away from unhealthy vices such as smoking and excessive alcoholic beverage consumption.
For more information on food and nutrition, please contact:
Dr. Mario V. Capanzana
Food and Nutrition Research Institute
Department of Science and Technology
Bicutan, Taguig City
trunkline: 837 2071 local 2296 or 228
telephone/fax no.: 837 3164
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JUND RIAN A. DORINGO
Science Research Specialist