“The role of nutrition for health” will be held in Istanbul

According to the Anadolu Agency;

ISTANBUL (AA) – The “Role of Nutrition for Health”, jointly organized by the Sabri Meteor Foundation and The Nutrition Society, will begin tomorrow in Istanbul.

Speaking at a press conference held at a Swiss hotel before the conference, Begum Mutus, general manager of the Sabri Meteor Foundation, said they would share the most up-to-date information with the public to better understand the role of nutrition in acquisition and maintenance. Ideal health.

Noting that health literacy is important for accurate information, Mutus said:

“Unfortunately, our health literacy as a society is not adequate. Today when we look at research, we find that 35 million people in Turkey’s population cannot read properly about health. Unfortunately, lack of health literacy is one of the most significant risks. According to the 2022 European Obesity Report, released by the World Health Organization’s European Regional Office, 1 in 5 people in Turkey are overweight or obese. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in Europe. Attractive ৷ We must be careful not to overlook and raise our level of health literacy to an adequate level. “

Referring to a study revealing the nutritional status of Turkey, Mutus said, “According to the 2019 Nutrition and Health Survey of Turkey (TBSA), one of the most comprehensive studies, obesity in the adult population varies by 20 percent among men and 28 percent among women. According to the report, about 67 percent of adults in Turkey are overweight or obese.

Providing information on research on Turkish health literacy levels and related topics, Mutus said:

Regarding health literacy in Turkey, 24.5 percent of the adult population has a level of ‘inadequate’ knowledge and 40.1 percent has a ‘problem’ level of knowledge. There are 7 diseases diagnosed by the doctor These data show that lack of health literacy is one of the major reasons for the development of this disease “

“Obesity is a serious health problem for both countries.”

Referring to the eating habits of England and Turkey, a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor. Dr. Julian Stowell further emphasized that achieving health literacy and proper eating habits can increase life expectancy.

“According to the latest data from the World Health Organization, the average life expectancy in Turkey is 76 years for women and 80 years for men. In the United Kingdom, it is 79 years for women and 82 years for men,” Stowell said. Small, but the difference is even smaller when considering healthy lifespan The average is 78 years in Turkey and 80 years in the United Kingdom “Informed.

Professor Dr. Stowell said cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death, accounting for 35.8 percent of Turkey’s population. Stowell said “28.6 per cent of the UK population is estimated to die from cardiovascular disease. Cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes are the most important non-communicable diseases that cause death and disease and are among the first in both communities.” Stands for a serious health problem. “

Julie Lovegrove, president of The Nutrition Society, says they believe that accurate information about nutrition and health literacy is important for public health. “We are delighted to be able to organize this important event together with the Sabri Meteor Foundation, focusing on nutrition education,” said Lovegrove. Says

– The conference will discuss global nutrition challenges and new solutions

The first day of the conference, which will start tomorrow at a Swiss hotel, will focus on “The role of nutrition in maintaining health”, “Nutrition, immunity and health during Covid-19”, and “public health initiatives”. Obesity and diabetes in Turkey will be discussed.

On the second day of the conference “New molecular and architectural determinants of metabolic control in health and disease”, the latest activities of the Ministry of Health, the latest activities of the UK Nutrition Scientific Advisory Committee (SACN).

At the end of the two-day conference, a roundtable meeting to be held with the participation of speakers will prepare urgent steps to be taken for the future of public health and a statement will be issued.

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