11:17 / 05.12.2023

“Half of the population of Uzbekistan is overweight” – SanEpid Committee 

Half of the citizens of Uzbekistan aged 18-64 are overweight, and 20% are obese.

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According to the results of a study conducted by the Committee on Sanitary-Epidemiological Welfare and Public Health (SanEpid Committee) together with the World Health Organization, half of the population aged 18-64 is overweight, and 20% of them suffer from obesity.

Every day, 67% of the population eats an adequate amount (less than 400 grams) of vegetables and fruits, but 46% have elevated blood cholesterol levels.

The results showed that the average daily salt consumption of the population is 14.9 grams, which is 3 times more than the recommendation of the World Health Organization (not to exceed 5 grams per day).

According to the department, non-observance of physical activity and nutrition norms and rules, excessive consumption of salt, sugar and fat foods and sweets, as well as insufficient consumption of vitamins and minerals lead to a number of consequences:

•  lagging behind in rational growth and mental development in young people;
•  in adults, it causes the development of a number of diseases that lead to premature death of a person, such as cardiovascular, endocrine, and malignant tumors.