20% of Iranian students suffer from obesity
Twenty percent of students in Iran suffer from obesity mainly due to overconsumption of foodstuffs containing sucrose, such as fizzy drinks, and inadequate levels of physical activity.
In addition to obesity, overconsumption of sucrose-containing material and fizzy drinks leads to diabetes and buildup of fat in the liver, added Zahra Abdollahi, the director general of the Society’s Nutrition Improvement Office of the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, IRNA reported.
She said students need to have and receive sufficient, but not more than required, nutritious food and energy, respectively, to grow up healthy.
“They need to have low-fat milk and dairy products three times a day for their better skeletal growth.”
She said phosphorus can play a crucial role in protecting students’ health and improving the function of their brains, adding, thus, they should eat nuts — such as almonds, cheese, milk and egg yolk to take enough of the mineral. Abdollahi noted that it is necessary that students consume sufficient amount, two or four times a day, of vegetables and fruit as between-meal snacks or along with the main course to ensure their health, stressing that eating legumes is also necessary for growth.
She highlighted the role of doing regular physical exercise in preventing obesity, urging students to do 60 minutes of physical activities per day to remain physically fit.
Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health.
People are generally considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person’s weight by the square of the person’s height, is over 30kg/m2, with the range 25kg/m2– 30kg/m2 defined as overweight.