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Obesity Prevention by DOH

Posted on July 12, 2015 | No Comments on Obesity Prevention by DOH

Over 10 million Filipino Adults are either overweight or obese. It is considered a silent killer because it a major cause of other deadly diseases yet is quietly plaguing the whole world. Obesity is the abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may lead to health consequences such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and even cancer. Obesity is basically caused by increased intake of foods that are high in fat, salt, and sugars but are low in vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients as well as decreased physical activity due to the sedentary nature of many forms of work, changing modes of transportation and increasing urbanization.

Signs and symptoms for obesity included increased weight, thickness around the midsection or the presence of excess fat, obvious areas of gat, large body frame, difficult in doing daily activities, lethargy, breathlessness and higher than normal body mass index and waist circumference. Prevention and treatment of obesity included limiting high calorie food intake, limiting sugar intake, eating more fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts, engaging in regular physical activity and achieving energy balance and healthy weight.

In line with this, the Philippine government particularly the department of health has focused on combating obesity as one of the first steps for achieving wellness of the ordinary Juan. In line with this, it declared the first week of September of every year as Obesity prevention and awareness week. During this week, DOH conducts intensive information campaign to help spread the world about obesity as well as hold different activities in order to promote healthy eating and lifestyle. In the private sector, the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO) was organized on 1994 with the mission and vision of creating public awareness of the consequences of obesity and hence, preventing the increase in the prevalence of disease in the country. The government DOH closely coordinates with PASOO in promoting healthy lifestyle to prevent and control overweight and obesity across the country.

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