Ob­ser­va­tory to be set up to tackle child­hood obe­sity

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The Health Min­istry is plan­ning to set up a Nutri­tion Ob­ser­va­tory through which it plans to de­sign cam­paigns to tackle child­hood obe­sity, which has seen a sig­nif­i­cant spike since the start of the cri­sis.

Fig­ures show that 30 per­cent of chil­dren and teenagers in Greece are over­weight, with a re­cent sur­vey by the Hel­lenic Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion for Obe­sity (HMAO) show­ing that 49 per­cent of 7-year-old boys and 45 per­cent of girls in the same age group are con­sid­ered over- weight by in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

The ob­ser­va­tory will com­pile data on weight-gain pat­terns among dif­fer­ent age groups and con­duct stud­ies on the nu­tri­tional habits of dif­fer­ent seg­ments of the pop­u­la­tion, ex­am­in­ing how they make their food choices.

The plan also in­cludes aware­ness-rais­ing cam­paigns aimed at par­ents and ed­u­ca­tors, as well as pro­mot­ing a pro­gram for dis­tribut­ing fresh fruit to school stu­dents.

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