Dr. Lecturer Nurten Elkin, a member, made statements about childhood obesity. Stating that the number of childhood obesity is increasing day by day all over the world, Dr. Elkin, “Turkey Statistical Institute (TSI), according to data seen 15 years and over 19.6 per cent of obese individuals in Turkey. Turkey Childhood Obesity Research (CO-ENG) According to the data of 2016, the primary surplus in 2nd grade children The rate of being overweight is 14.6 percent, and the rate of obesity is 9.9 percent.
“2 HOURS A DAY SHOULD NOT EXCEED”
Stating that as the sleep time gets shorter, the percentage of obesity increases. Elkin said, “For this reason, it is important that children are not allowed to watch television, tablet, mobile phone, computer in the first 2 years of age, screen exposure does not exceed 2 hours a day after the age of 2, eating in front of the television and screen, and not having a television, mobile phone and tablet in the children’s room.”
“IT ALSO BRINGS THE PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM TOGETHER”
Stating that childhood obesity is not limited to childhood, Dr. “Most of them can continue their lives as obese adults in the future. It causes obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and some types of cancer. It brings not only biological but also many psychological problems in individuals. For this reason, our priority as healthcare providers is not to treat obesity after it develops, but to prevent the development of obesity with preventive measures to be taken starting from infancy and even the prenatal period in the mother’s womb, ”he said.
Dr. Elkin concluded his speech as follows:
“Individual, family, school and community-based measures are all very important in preventing childhood and adolescent obesity. The family, especially the mother, has great responsibilities in the acquisition of healthy eating habits and in ensuring the physical activity of the child. Parents should be a good role model for children in terms of nutrition and physical activity. A healthy school environment, healthy nutrition literacy and physical activity guidelines should be created for school age children and youth. Prevention of obesity is important in protecting and improving public health.