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HCM City outlines strategy to cut childhood obesity

Update: August, 23/2017 - 09:00
Children excercise at Children’s Hospital 1 in HCM City. The city aims to keep the rate of overweight and obese students in the city from 41.4 per cent in 2014 to 25 per cent by 2020. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — The municipal administration of HCM City aims to keep the rate of overweight and obese children under five years at less than 12 per cent by 2020.

To achieve this, it will implement a strategy of increasing awareness of harmful eating and drinking habits, and promote consumption of nutritious meals.

Other targets that the HCM City People’s Committee announced last Saturday include reducing the rate of obese students in the city from 41.4 per cent in 2014 to 25 per cent by 2020. By the same year, it will also try to keep the number of adults suffering from diabetes to less than 12 per cent.

Đỗ Thị Ngọc Diệp, director of the HCM City Nutrition Centre, said that the rate of people aged 30 to 69 suffering from diabetes was 11.4 per cent in 2015.

The city will create favourable conditions for society as a whole to help implement the strategy and achieve its targets. It estimates that it will spend more than VNĐ44 billion (US$1.9 million) on implementing the strategy to improve consumption of nutritious meals and reduce obesity and obesity-related complications.

It will call for investment from the private sector and close co-operation between many relevant agencies in order to raise funds and pool human resources.

Nguyễn Thị Thu, vice chairwoman of the city People’s Committee, has asked municipal Health Department and relevant agencies to disseminate proper information on nutrition among residents, stressing in particular the need for children to eat well.

She said education on nutrition as well as provision of healthy meals will be strengthened in city schools.

Diệp noted that the city’s 2011-2015 nutrition strategy had seen the average height of male students increase by 0.6 – 1.4 centimetres over 2009; and that of female students by 0.4- 3.9 centimetres.

The rate of malnourished and stunted primary school students reduced from 3.5 per cent in 2009 to 2.3 per cent in 2014; from 6.6 per cent to 3.8 per cent among secondary students; and from 10.7 per cent in 2009 to 7.8 per cent in 2014 among high school students. — VNS

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