Peru’s childhood obesity on the rise, says nutritionist

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Peru’s childhood obesity rate has reached 23 percent, and continues to rise, according to nutritionist Mayela Ramirez, working at the country’s Hospital de la Solidaridad.

According to statistics given during the Ministry of Health’s Conference on Nutrition and Obesity, Ramirez said 25 percent of children between 6 to 9 years of age were overweight, and 28 percent of them were obese.

“Indicators of obesity at an early age are due to hereditary issues or bad eating habits since they begin to eat, also psychosocial and environmental reasons, lack of physical activity and the influence of the media,” Ramirez was quoted as saying by Peru21.

Parents, she said, should only buy nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables, and avoid junk foods.

She also advised family members to be involved in the planning of their weekly meal schedule.

Peru’s childhood obesity rate has reached 23 percent, and continues to rise, according to nutritional Mayela Ramirez, at the country’s Hospital de la Solidaridad.

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