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Suansing eyes regulation of unhealthy food in schools

Jul 31, 2017 @ 8:16
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Nueva Ecija 1st District Representative Estrellita Suansing is eyeing to regulate the sale of unhealthy food and drinks in all public and private schools in the country.

The Nueva Ecija politiko said this is to ensure that only nutritious food and drinks will be made available to the youth.

Suansing said it is imperative to regulate the kind of food and drinks sold at school canteens because schools are the best places to implement solutions to over-nutrition, malnutrition and obesity.

“Unhealthy food eating patterns such as more sugar, fats, oils and less leafy vegetables and whole grain cereals and a sedentary lifestyle lead to an upward surge in overweight and obesity,” Suansing said.

“Today, the world, especially the developing countries, is facing the existence of the double burden of malnutrition. According to the World Health Organization, double burden of malnutrition is the existence of undernutrition side by side with overweight and obesity in the same population across the life course. Poor nutrition impairs physical and brain development in children,” she added.

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