Inadequate health literacy in Turkey – Health News

Data pollution and inadequacy of health literacy, one of the biggest public health risks in the world, is one of the most significant risks that adversely affects the personal health of individuals.

According to the “Turkey Health Literacy Level and Related Factors” study, 24.5 percent of Turkey’s adult population has “inadequate” knowledge about health literacy and 40.1 percent has “problematic” knowledge. In other words, 35 million of the 53 million adult population do not have adequate health literacy levels. 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. 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.

Health literacy and obesity in Turkey and Europe were also discussed at a conference titled “The Role of Nutrition for Health” organized by the Sabri Meteor Foundation and The Nutrition Society. Begum Mutus, general manager of Sabri Ulkar Foundation, said, “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.

According to the 2022 European Obesity Report released by the World Health Organization Europe Regional Office, underlining the issue of weight or obesity in 1 in 5 people in Turkey, Mutus said, “Obesity in Europe has reached almost epidemic proportions. On the other hand, Turkey is the As a society, we must be careful not to overlook this situation and raise our health literacy level to an adequate level.

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

Comparing the eating habits of England and Turkey, a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, Prof. Dr. Dr. Julian Stowell said: “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. “This period averages 78 years in Turkey and 80 years in the United Kingdom. Therefore, there is a strong possibility that we will develop chronic diseases and disorders in the next age. Achieving health literacy and proper diet make us think that life expectancy can increase day by day.”

“First place for heart disease in Turkey”

Noting that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death, accounting for 35.8 percent of Turkey’s population, Professor Dr. Dr. Julian Stowell; “Deaths from cardiovascular disease in the UK are estimated at 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 is 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. ”

The risk of obesity increases

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.

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