Why More Pinoys Are Getting Fat

You have probably come across the information that as of 2015, increasing number of Pinoys who are getting fatter continue to rise.

According to Maria Bernardita Flores, National Nutritional Council (NNC) executive director, THREE out of TEN Filipinos are now OBESE.

This epidemic has been slowly creeping over the past two decades and I wouldn’t be surprised why more and more of our countrymen are developing HYPERTENSION & DIABETES, both of which are highly connected to OBESITY.

Even pre-schoolers are starting to become overweight and obese!

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According to Food and Nutrition Research Institue (FNRI), the prevalence was below 2% from 1989 to 1998. By 2013, it was already 4.9%. At barely more than 10 years, it has doubled!

Ironically, the Philippines has a high level of under-nutrition but it also has a rising level of obesity.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said that overweight and underweight can even co-occur within the same household.

What the heck is going on?

Although most of the authorities claim that physical inactivity is the major factor why many Filipinos are becoming obese, I am certain that it is just a small part of the problematic equation.

Aside from sedentary lifestyle, a BAD DIET is basically the other main culprit that contributes to this massive surge of voluminous weight gain.

Look at your local grocery stores or even at bigger food shopping marts, all corners are flooded with foods that are heavy in SALT, SUGAR, and TRANS FAT.

PROCESSED FOODS – this is the proper collective term.

Sodas. Crackers. Chips. Canned foods. Candies. Sauces and Gravies. Processed burger patties. French Fries. And many more.

Name it, we have ALL of it.

They are virtually everywhere!

Most processed foods are high in salt and some other more artificial ingredients that make the product last unspoiled for years.

According to FNRI, one leading factor why many people are forced to purchase unhealthy processed food over healthy and staple but more expensive food is the increasing world and domestic food prices

Agree.

But even though, there are still ways to go around this dilemma and find means to avoid indulging oneself into consuming too much processed foods.

At the end of the day, eating the right types of food will save you huge amounts of money by saving you from degenerative diseases that processed foods can instill you in the long run.

Just to give you a quick REMINDER why you need to avoid eating foods that are not natural or processed:

  • Too much SALT = High Blood Pressure
  • Too much TRANS FAT = Weight Gain + Diabetes + High Blood Pressure
  • Too much SUGAR = Weight Gain + Diabetes + High Blood Pressure
  • Low-Fat” products are loaded with hidden excess carbohydrates (sugar)
  • Low-Sugar” products are loaded with artificial sweeteners that our body cannot process.

If this trend of consumption continues, more Filipinos will suffer from degenerative diseases that would eventually lead to poor quality of life or even death.

Everybody is accountable and has the capability to prevent obesity.

Information is everywhere.

You just have to make the right decision.

About the Author Alex Saroca MD

Alex Saroca is the founder of Tabachoy Academy. He is a general physician by profession, an author, a blogger, and an entrepreneur. He is on a mission to educate and make Filipinos realize - especially those with overweight, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes - that lifestyle modification is still more powerful than any drug in preventing heart disease, treating heart disease, and improving one's physical state and longevity.

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