Inadequate health literacy puts public health at risk








1 out of every 5 people in Turkey is overweight or obese

The “Role of Nutrition for Health” conference, held for the first time in Turkey in partnership with the Sabri Ulkar Foundation and the Nutrition Society, highlights the importance of balanced nutrition for the future of public health. According to recent research, the majority of Turkey’s adult population has “insufficient” or “problematic” knowledge about health literacy. Incomplete or inaccurate information about nutrition, such as inadequate health literacy, obesity and overweight rates in Turkey carry 20 percent among men and 28 percent among women. As the level of human education decreases, so does the rate of disease.

Implement projects that will increase social awareness and awareness in the field of healthy nutrition Sabri Meteor Foundation It is regarded as the most established institution in the field of nutrition. The Nutrition SocietyNutrition in Istanbul has brought together the world’s top names. World-renowned scientists for the future of public health shared the latest information on healthy living at a conference titled “The Role of Nutrition for Health” held in Istanbul on 25-26 May 2022.

Executives and experts from the Neutriton Society, Sabri Meteor Foundation, who attended the press conference, discussed the importance of the conference and assessed health literacy, obesity in Turkey and Europe, and nutrition practices in England and Turkey.

Begum Mutus, General Manager, Sabri Meteor FoundationThey are hosting world-renowned scientists in collaboration with The Nutriton Society; He said they shared the most up-to-date information with the public to better understand the role of nutrition in achieving and maintaining ideal health. Noting that health literacy is important for accurate information, Begum Mutus, “Unfortunately, our health literacy as a society is not enough. When we look at studies today, we find that 35 million people in Turkey’s population cannot read accurately on health. Unfortunately, inadequate health literacy is one of the most important risks that negatively affects health. Says

According to the 2022 European Obesity Report, released by the World Health Organization’s European Regional Office for Europe, 1 out of every 5 people in Turkey is overweight or obese. Mutas, Obesity has almost reached epidemic proportions in Europe. Turkey, on the other hand, ranks as the most common obesity and overweight problem among European countries. As a society, we must be careful not to overlook this situation and raise our level of health literacy to an adequate level. Says

35 million of the adult population cannot read accurately about health

Data pollution and inadequacy of health literacy, one of the biggest public health risks worldwide, is one of the most significant risks that can adversely affect a person’s personal health.

According to a study of health literacy levels and related issues in Turkey, 24.5 percent of Turkey’s adult population has a level of “insufficient” knowledge, with 40.1 percent having “problematic” knowledge about health literacy. In other words, health literacy of 35 million out of 53 million adult population is not enough. According to research, 43.5 percent of inadequate health literacy levels have a disease diagnosed by a physician. These data show that lack of health literacy is one of the major causes for the development of the disease.

Julie Lovegrove, President of the Nutrition Society, “As The Nutrition Society, we believe that accurate information about nutrition and health literacy is important for public health. We are delighted to be able to co-host this important event with the Sabri Meteor Foundation, which focuses on nutrition education. ” Says

The average life expectancy is 78 years in Turkey and 80 years in England

Comparison of eating habits between England and Turkey Member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor. Dr. Julian StowellSays: “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 UK it is 79 years for women and 82 years for men. Although the difference is small, the difference is even smaller when considering healthy lifespan. This period averages 78 years in Turkey and 80 years in the United Kingdom. Because of this, there is a strong possibility that we will develop chronic diseases and disorders in the next age. Achieving health literacy and proper eating habits make us think that life expectancy can increase day by day.

“Heart disease in the first place in Turkey”

Noting that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Turkey, accounting for 35.8 percent of the population, Professor Dr. Julian Stowell; “In the UK, deaths from cardiovascular disease are estimated for 28.6 per cent of the population. Cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes are the most important non-communicable diseases that cause death and disease in both societies. Obesity stands as a serious health problem for both countries. This information is disappointing, but there is still hope. World Health Organization; Says that malnutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption are the most important variable risk factors. The secret of a healthy life lies in the proper health literacy education that our families and teachers will offer us from an early age. In this regard, the government should create new curricula and emphasize the importance of healthy living from an early age. ”

Increases the risk of obesity

According to the Turkey Nutrition and Health Survey (TBSA) 2019 data, which is the most comprehensive study revealing the nutritional status of Turkey; Obesity in the adult population varies by 20 percent among men and 28 percent among women.

According to the European Obesity Report 2022, about 67 percent of Turkish adults are overweight or obese. Also, about 25 percent of men and about 40 percent of women are obese, the report said. This indicates an increasing prevalence of obesity. However, it has been said that adults with low levels of education are more likely to be at risk of obesity in Turkey.

Global nutrition challenges and new solutions are discussed

At the conference, a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor. Dr. In addition to Julian Stoel, Head of the Department of Public Health, Obesity, Diabetes, Metabolic Diseases, Ministry of Health, Association. Dr. Najan Yardim, Harvard University Sabri Meteor Center President Prof. Dr. Gokhan Hotamisligil, a professor at Newcastle University. John Mathers, Professor at the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare. Erkki Vertienen from Hastep University, Professor. Dr Serhat Unal, UK Office of Health Promotion and Equality, Department of Health and Social Care. Alison Tedstone, Professor at the University of Kent. Halit Tanju Besler and Hastep University Professor. Important names like Maine Dursu Tanriover have taken their place as speakers.

On the first day of the conference, the role of nutrition in maintaining health, nutrition during COVID-19, immunity and health, public health initiatives for obesity and diabetes in Turkey and hidden hunger were 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 Turkish Ministry of Health and the latest activities of the United Kingdom Nutrition Scientific Advisory Committee (SACN) were discussed.

At the end of the two-day conference, a roundtable meeting with the participation of the speakers took urgent steps to safeguard the future of public health and a statement was issued.

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