|Poor dietary habits and physical inactivity have led to an increase in the number of obese and overweight children, according to the HCM City Nutrition Centre.— File Photo
HCM CITY () — Poor dietary habits and physical inactivity have led to an increase in the number of obese and overweight children, according to the HCM City Nutrition Centre.
Between 2000 and 2010, the rate rose ninefold, said Do Thi Ngoc Diep, director of the centre.
The rate stood at 11 per cent among children under five and reached 38.5 per cent among primary school students, Diep said at a meeting held recently in HCM City.
It will likely increase in the next few years if there is no change in dietary habits and physical activities in the community, she said.
The malnutrition rate in children under five dropped to 7.6 per cent in 2012 from 11.3 per cent in 2000, while the underweight rate in that age group fell to 5.3 per cent in 2012 from 14.5 per cent in 2000.
More than 1.2 million children across the country are underweight and more than 2 million suffer from malnutrition 2000. — VNS