1 out of every 3 people in Turkey has a weight problem. The obesity rate is 15 percent in men and 25 percent in women.
The Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM), Subcommittee on Combating Obesity, which has been working for 2.5 years, has completed its report on the subject.
In the report, it was emphasized that physical activity should be increased and healthy nutrition should be promoted in the general population. Recommendations for ministries and institutions were listed separately.
WEIGHT CONTROL PROPOSAL TO THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH
It was recommended to the Ministry of Health to expand family dietitianity and to carry out weight control for children from kindergarten to high school. In addition, it was requested that gastric reduction surgeries be followed in a common system.
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HEALTHY SCHOOL MEAL ADVICE
The Ministry of National Education was advised to provide “healthy school meals” to students and to keep school gardens and gymnasiums open during the holiday period.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry was asked to reduce the amount of sugar in beverages, to encourage consumption of whole wheat and grain bread instead of white bread, to reduce taxes on products with high nutritional value, and to prevent the sale of weight loss pills online.
“LET THE CHARACTERS DO SPORTS IN THE SERIES”
The report also included recommendations for RTÜK. It was requested that overeating should not be encouraged in “gourmet” style cooking programs, that the servers should not set a negative example by eating excessively in local promotions, that food advertisements with high fat and salt content should be supervised, that characters playing sports should be included in TV series and that junk food should not be encouraged.
The report also recommended increasing the number of bike paths and public gardens.