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Eat healthy, live healthy

RESIDENTS interviewed by this writer believe that it is healthier to live in small islands. One of them appreciate the fresh air and clean surroundings of Saipan.

Lifestyle diseases, however, are now a challenge for many islanders because of lack of exercise or poor dietary habits.

According to a study conducted by Imperial College London published in Oct. 2017, obesity rates were highest overall in Polynesia and Micronesia at 25.4 percent in girls and 22.4 percent in boys, followed by the high-income English-speaking region. Nauru had the highest prevalence of obesity for girls (33.4 percent) while the Cook Islands had the highest for boys (33.3 percent).

In addition, the number of obese children and adolescents (5 to 19 years) worldwide has risen ten-fold in the past four decades. The study indicated that if current trends continue, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022.

The United Nations’ World Health Organization, for its part, has published a summary of the Ending Childhood Obesity Implementation Plan which aims to curb childhood and adolescent obesity by reducing consumption of cheap, ultra-processed, calorie-dense, nutrient-poor food; and reducing the time children spend on screen-based and sedentary leisure activities by promoting greater participation in physical activity through active recreation and sports.

A Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published on Jan. 9, 2018 stated that almost 5 percent of heart failure risks were connected to neighborhood factors: an individual’s healthy lifestyle is a matter of where he or she is.

But it is still an individual’s choice and responsibility to live healthy especially on a healthy island such as Saipan.