20% of Ira­nian stu­dents suf­fer from obe­sity

Iran Daily - - Society -

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.


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