66 pct of Turkish population faces obesity threat

Population in Turkey is overweight and faces the threat of obesity, which is becoming more common in the country due to irregular eating habits, fast food consumption and the lack of physical activity.

66 pct of Turkish population faces obesity threat

World Bulletin/News Desk

Nutrition and diet expert Emine Yüzbaşıoğlu has said that 66 percent of the population in Turkey is overweight and faces the threat of obesity, which is becoming more common in the country due to irregular eating habits, fast food consumption and the lack of physical activity.

Yüzbaşıoğlu, who works at the Acıbadem Ankara Hospital, said obesity is a growing problem in Turkey as well as in the rest of the world and European Obesity Awareness Day, which was marked on Wednesday across the country, is an opportunity to inform people about obesity and measures to prevent it.

It is determined whether a person is obese or not by using the body mass index (BMI) calculator. BMI is a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight in kilograms by the square of the person's height in meters. Those whose BMI is between 25 and 30 are deemed overweight and those whose BMI is greater than 30 are obese, she said. One of the causes of obesity is a genetic predisposition, Yüzbaşıoğlu said. “If you have obesity in your genes, then you have to be careful about eating habits. It is still possible to have an ideal weight even though one has a genetic predisposition to obesity,” she added.

The expert has given her suggestions to those who already overweight to prevent obesity. “Do not accept your weight. Aim to lose weight not just for your appearance but for your health, too. Revise your eating habits. Find out the mistakes with your eating habits and correct them. Consult an expert to change your eating habits, if necessary. Start the diet plan your consultant suggests whenever you are ready. Do not rush to lose your weight. Give yourself enough time to believe that you can lose weight. Do not let anyone discourage you. Don't tell anyone that you are on a diet if you don't want to. Don't give up the diet when it fails. Try to increase your physical activity when on a diet.”

Meanwhile, European Obesity Awareness Day was celebrated in İstanbul with a group of residents including doctors in İstanbul attending a rally organized by the İstanbul Provincial Health Directorate in the district of Kadıköy. Holding a press conference at the event, İstanbul Provincial Health Director Professor Ali İhsan Dokucu said that almost 33 percent of the Turkish population is overweight. Obesity will become a greater problem in Turkey in eight to 10 years unless we seriously revise our eating habits and take necessary measures, he said.

Attendees at the rally chanted slogans of “Don't let youth become obese” and “Play sports, say goodbye to obesity.”

 

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