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Low vegetable and fruit consumption

Salaseini Vosamana
Saturday, November 17, 2012

THERE is generally low consumption of fruits and vegetables in Fiji with only 63 per cent of people consuming one serving or less fruits per day.

And as part of the World Diabetes Day, health officials in the north have encouraged members of the public to ensure a healthy diet in an effort to fight against non-communicable diseases.

Divisional Medical Officer Northern Doctor Pablo Romakin said 26 out of 100 people in the country ate less than one serving of vegetable a day and nutrition was important because it usually determined a person's life.

"Non-communicable diseases trend continues to increase over the years because people don't take good care of their diet as well as their health," Dr Romakin said.

"In Fiji, 30 per cent of people are overweight and 18 per cent are obese. Females are far more obese than males because most of them are inactive."

He said most women above the age of 35 who lived in towns were found to be the least active segments of society because they did not do a lot of jobs and exercises.





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