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Thailand’s child obesity rate is alarming

According to a DOH research, about 10% of Thai youngsters are clinically obese. According to the research, if parents and teachers do not enhance nutritional knowledge among children, the situation would deteriorate.

During a press conference on March 5, DOH Chief Dr Suwant tochai Wattanayingcharoenchai stated that parents should establish a healthier environment for their children since the study indicates that young people are exposed to an abundance of food having harmful amounts of fat, sugar, and salt.

According to the survey, 9.1% of children aged 0 to 5 are deemed overweight for their age. This number jumps to 13.4% in the 6-14 age group and 13.2% in the 15-18 age group.

The Global Obesity Federation predicts that childhood obesity rates will more than double between 2020 and 2035.

Another DOH assessment on children’s diets indicated that one-third of youngsters get sugary snacks and beverages every day, and almost 30% are allowed to choose meals based solely on their own tastes.

Dr. Suwant tochai urged parents to pick healthier foods for their children since they frequently make poor choices when given the option, which is exacerbated by the marketing methods of confectionary makers.

Experts recommend that youngsters restrict their intake of sweets to twice a week, consume at least one dish of fish per week, and consume no more than three eggs per week. Children should consume more sardines, beans, and lentils to increase their calcium intake. They are also advised to consume fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis and to indulge in regular exercise to build their muscles and bones.

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