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Graphic.com.gh studies that 85% of Ghanaians don’t eat correctly, and greater than 50% are fats or obese, in line with the nation’s first complete evaluation on weight problems and way of life.

The analysis, carried out in Accra, Kumasi, and Tamale, discovered the findings not sudden given worrying knowledge on consuming habits and inactivity.

Greater than half of the inhabitants doesn’t train, and over 90% don’t eat wholesome, based mostly on WHO-recommended fruit and vegetable consumption, the report mentioned.

Public well being specialists consider the research’s conclusions might pose enormous well being issues for thousands and thousands of Ghanaians if left unchecked.

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Greater than 3,380 individuals have been questioned within the three metropolises for the GSS’s weight problems analysis.

The GSS addressed peak and weight whereas sampling and gathering knowledge. WHO recommends 400 grams of fruit and veggies per day, or 5 80-gram parts.

Consuming Proper

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Dr Kingsley Agyemang, Tutorial Lead of the Ghana Weight problems Survey, informed the Each day Graphic that weight problems is on the rise in Ghana owing to sedentary life.

Weight problems harms each the person and the nation, he added. He urged for “context-specific, culturally delicate, cost-effective and sustainable” public well being initiatives to fight weight problems.

He advocated consuming 5 servings of meals, together with cooked or uncooked fruit and veggies.

Nonetheless, he famous, the survey indicated that almost all people don’t eat fruit and veggies.

Stakeholder

The primary-ever stakeholder engagement weight problems workshop in 2019 guided the research’s technique.

Over 50 policymakers from varied sectors attended. Such interventions may embody the mass health actions Dr. Agyemang developed in 2020, he mentioned.

“Kingsley Preserve Match has over 5,000 members in Ghana and has expanded to inter-school occasions,” he mentioned.

Coverage affect

Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, Presidential Advisor on Well being, praised the research’s coverage significance.

The analysis knowledgeable Ghanaian weight problems insurance policies. In assessing the proof base, the analysis staff used refined sampling procedures and statistical evaluation, he added.

Former Ghana Well being Service Director-Basic Dr. Asare believes the report is already shaping coverage discourse on weight problems.

 

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