One-third Vietnamese people lack physical activities

Vietnam is facing challenges of improving healthcare index and control, reported the Ministry of Health in its document to propose to build a law on disease prevention and control to the Ministry of Justice.

One-third Vietnamese people lack physical activities

The Ministry said as per the World Health Organization, one-third Vietnamese people have physical inactivity and do not practice physical exercises.
According to a study of nutrition in the country in 2014, the rate of underweight children below five years is 14.5 percent while the rate of stunted kids and thin kids are 24.9 percent and 6.8 percent whereas the rate of overweigh kids is 4.8 percent.

The rate of kids and women in child-bearing who are inefficient was over 20 percent. The rate in the countryside was higher than that in urban while overweigh proportion surged from 0.6 percent in 2000 to 4.8 percent in 2014.

According to the Nutrition Institution’s study of Vietnamese children’s development from birth to 18 years old, their weight in three first months is equal to their peers in the world, even higher; but it reduces later.
Vietnamese kids aged six months old to twelve months old and six years old to twelve years old experience underweight compared to their peers in the globe.
For instance, the institute’s survey in 2010 showed that around 14.2 percent kids below five years lack vitamin A. The rate of vitamin A in mother milk is 35 percent, proving Vietnamese diet is not balanced.
Moreover, up to 36.5 percent pregnant women, 28.8 percent non-pregnant women and 29.2 percent kids under five get anemia. The percentage of people who are zinc deficient is 20 percent.

By ANH PHUONG – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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