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𝐃𝐎𝐇 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐝𝐨𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐲𝐥𝐞

The Department of Health (DOH) encourages the adoption of a healthier lifestyle to avoid the likelihood of developing health problems.

People who are significantly overweight are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and breathing disorders.

DOH Central Luzon Center for Health Development Nutritionist-Dietitian Margarita Santos-Natividad warned that they can also develop gallbladder disease, gynecological problems, erectile dysfunction, and sexual health issues.

She also noted that an increase in the consumption of foods that are high in fat and free sugars makes obesity a problem.

“Food chains today offer extra sizes, combos, promotions, and the tendency is we get attracted to it,” she said.

Another reason is an increase in physical inactivity due to the increasingly sedentary nature of many types of work, changing modes of transportation, and increased urbanization.

“What we need is to increase our physical activity through exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes thrice a week,” she pressed.

DOH record shows that Central Luzon has only a prevalence rate of 3.3 percent in terms of obesity or overweight individuals aged 0-59 months old.

Natividad stressed that obesity can be prevented through eating a balanced diet, physical activity, and positive self-esteem.

Obesity treatment includes a nutritionally adequate plan, physical activity, pharmacological treatment, surgery, and behavior modification.

The agency urged individuals with weight and diet problems to consult a registered nutritionist dietitian. (PIA 3)

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