ILOILO CITY, May 29 (PIA6) --- A child who is overweight is not a healthy child at all, said the Iloilo City Health Office (CHO).
City Health Office chief Dr. Bernard Caspe clarified the misconception that malnutrition only concerns children who are underweight.
“Malnutrition also includes obesity and being overweight,” he said.
He said that they do not advocate among parents to have their children gain extra weight which is more than what is needed to support their growth and development and which can lead to childhood obesity.
He said that obesity already poses significant health risks even at a young age.
“If the child cannot overcome this condition at the age of eight to 10, there is a big possibility that he will become hypertensive or diabetic as an adult,” he said.
He advised parents to train their children to eat more fruits and vegetables, less salty food, less fatty food, and less sugar.
Meanwhile, CHO assistant head Dr. Mae Delmo encouraged parents to follow “Pinggang Pinoy”, the food guide promoted by the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Nutrition Council (NNC) and developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) to promote healthy eating habits.
“Pinggang Pinoy promotes having a balanced and varied diet,” she said.
According to the DOH, the Pinggang Pinoy is divided into portions, each of which has their equivalent sizes per meal.
Rice and alternatives include a serving of a cup of cooked rice, four pieces of pandesal, four slices of loaf bread, a cup of cooked macaroni or spaghetti noodles or a small piece of root crop.
Fish and alternatives include a piece of small-sized fish, a piece of small chicken leg or a matchbox size of meat, or a piece of small chicken egg.
The food guide also recommends at least three-fourths cup of cooked or raw vegetables, a medium-sized fruit or a slice of big fruit, and eight or more glasses of water daily. (JCM/LTP/PIA-Iloilo)