A recent survey on over 3,000 children at primary schools in Hanoi showed that 23.4% of them were overweight and 17.3% were obese.
Only 2.4% were shorter than the average height and 2% were underweight.
Another survey conducted in 2013 on 2,375 children aged 4-9 years at kindergartens and primary schools in the city’s Hoan Kiem district indicated that the overweight and obese rate was 39.9%; more boys were obese than girls.
Among over 150 overweighed and obese children, 15.3% of them have high cholesterol levels. As much as 82.7% of those children were physically inactive for over 120 minutes per day, while 18.7% consumed more calories than recommendations.
In Ho Chi Minh City, within seven years from 2002 to 2009, the rate of overweight and obese grade-schoolers increased by three to four times.
Head of the department Tran Dac Phu said the heath sector should build a proper strategy to prevent obesity among children and implement effectively the national strategy of preventing non-communicable diseases in 2015-2025.
A healthy diet along with increasing physical activities is needed to prevent obesity among children, he said, adding that other sectors, especially the educational sector should involve in the work.