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MSP promotes health actions on World Food Day – The Daily News Box

ByKathleen Dupont

Oct 17, 2020

Quito, October 16, 2020

The The Daily News Box (MSP) made official in 2018 the Intersectoral Plan for Food and Nutrition Ecuador (PIANE) 2018-225 to promote healthy eating among citizens, with the support and co-responsibility of public and private institutions and academia, in the framework of World Food Day, which is celebrated this October 16.

The health authority, with the support of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), disseminates the implementation of policies, programs, regulations and strategies focused, among other things, on the promotion and protection of Breastfeeding and “Food-Based Dietary Guidelines” messages.

Hunger, malnutrition, obesity, food loss and waste and environmental degradation are some of the challenges to be faced in order to achieve the global goal of “Zero Hunger”, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, it is a tribute to the so-called Food Heroes who plant, cultivate, fish or transport food.

Piane contemplates the labeling regulations for processed foods, the Healthy Municipalities Program, the tax on sugary drinks, the recognition of nutritional responsibility for restaurants and cafeterias, regulations for school bars and the implementation of the School Food Law, which will have greater impact when face-to-face classes are resumed.

For a healthy life, the MSP recommends eating natural foods, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, tubers, foods of animal origin such as dairy, eggs, fish, poultry and meat and the consumption of fat, salt and sugar in moderation. Likewise, it reiterates the importance of reviewing the nutritional traffic light, ingredients, expiration date, transgenic content and sweeteners to better decide your purchase.

In the country, it is estimated that 939 thousand tons of food are lost per year, when the same amount could feed 1.5 million people, but it implies that not only food is lost or wasted, but also water, land, plants. hours of work and the human and technological effort invested.

FAO estimates that in the world 672 million adults Y 124 million minors are obese and 40 million children children under 5 years old are overweight, due to bad eating habits.

Meanwhile, diabetes and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases and hypertension are the main causes of death, being related to unhealthy diets and physical inactivity. These indicators are associated with the consumption of processed foods, fast food and sugary drinks, and little dietary diversity.

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