People in ‘Salad Bowl’ region are becoming obese
In the Cordillera region, which includes Baguio City known as the Salad Bowl of the Philippines because of high-value vegetable production, health officials are becoming alarmed by the rising incidence of obesity.
Rita Papey, National Nutrition Council – Cordillera Regional Office (NNC-CAR) Nutrition Program Coordinator, was quoted by the Philippine News Agency as saying that obesity among adults in the Cordillera Region is 34 as compared to the national average of 31 out of 100 individuals.
Citing records, Papey said 6 out of 100 pre-schoolers are obese, which is higher than the national average of 5 for every 100 pre-schoolchildren.
Also, she said 7 out of 100 school children in the Cordilleras are obese compared to the 5 out of 100 children national obesity average.
Among adolescents, there are 11 out of 100 in the Cordilleras who are obese as compared to the national average of 8 out of 100.
Papey said the Cordillera Region ranks second to Metro Manila in terms of incidence of obesity and overweight residents.
She attributed the problem to the spread of ready-to-cook and processed foods, and fast food chains multiplying in the expanding urban areas.
“It is high time that people learn to go back to the basics of life by eating the right kind of food and allowing children to be exposed to eating nutritious food for the benefit of their growth,” she was quoted as saying.