62% of men between the ages of 30 and 60 are obese and overweight. The same goes for 51% of the ladies ...
The daily fat intake in Bulgaria is 10% higher than in other countries. This was stated by Assoc. Prof. Donka Baikova, specialist in nutrition and dietetics, at today's discussion on "Healthy eating - fashion or necessity."
According to external studies, fats, which are consumed daily in most European countries, account for no more than 30% of daily caloric intake.
In Bulgaria, fat intake is significantly higher and is equal to 40% of calories consumed for the day.
Dod. Baykova explains that the high percentage of fats consumed is largely due to fatty dairy and high-fat products.
According to experts, the last year has seen a change in obesity trends. Unlike previous studies, what has been done now shows that men are fatter than women. 62% of men between the ages of 30 and 60 are obese and overweight. The same applies to 51% of women.
In order for the diet to be healthy and complete, sufficient amounts of folic acid, vitamin B2 contained in dairy products, and iron, the main sources of which are meat, fish and eggs, must be included in the diet.
Former Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Atanas Dodov, added that protein deficiency should not be allowed during pregnancy. Sufficient calcium, phosphorus and folic acid should be taken, which are extremely important for both the health of the mother and the baby.
Assoc. Prof. Baykova announced that she is starting a National Survey - promotion of the consumption of fruits and vegetables among students, and in 2010 she will start a National Monitoring of Bulgarian Nutrition.