A lack of physical activity and inappropriate diets are to blame for the high rate of obesity among primary school students, according to a new study by the National Institute of Nutrition.
Some 40 percent of primary and secondary school students in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are inactive, a survey by the National Institute of Nutrition revealed.
The Iodine Global Network has ranked Vietnam among the top 19 iodine-deficient countries, according to the Vietnamese Health Ministry’s National Institute of Nutrition (NIN).
When it comes to food policy, Vietnam faces a double health burden: The country has seen a rising number of children with obesity in urban areas, while the number of malnourished children remains high.
Vietnam has taken different solutions to prevent micronutrient deficiency, which is relatively common in the country, especially in rural and mountainous areas.
Vietnamese people are zinc deficient at an alarming rate, especially pregnant women and young children.
It is accepted by everyone that children need plenty of regular physical exercise, but parents in major cities are not doing enough to ensure this, experts say.
The obesity rate among Vietnamese school-aged children has increased, particularly in big cities like Hanoi, HCM City, Da Nang and Hai Phong.
Uncontrolled consumption of fast food and soft drinks has caused the number of diabetes patients in Vietnam to shoot up to a dangerously high level, with more and more children diagnosed with the disease, according to new data.
The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) on May 25 launched the National Micro-nutrient Day at Binh Yen A Kindergarten in Thach That District in Hanoi.
Vietnam aims to reduce the rate of malnutrition in children under five from 16.2 percent in 2012 to 15.6 percent in 2013.
More than 5 million under five-year-old children and 600,000 mothers who have given birth in the last month are provided with vitamin A capsules and iron capsules to prevent nutrient deficiency on Micro-Nutrient Day on June 1-2.