25 per cent of Nigerians are obesed – Prof. Jesse Otegbayo

Written by on November 10, 2021

Chief Medical Director, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, has expressed concern over obesity, saying it is becoming an increasing health concern in the country.

According to Otegbayo, who spoke in Ibadan on Wednesday, 25 per cent of Nigerians are overweight.

According to him, being overweight or obese has its attendant health problems which can have individual, social and economic consequences.

In her welcome address, the National President, at the opening of the 2021 National Scientific Conference of Dietitians Association of Nigeria (DAN) Prof. Elizabeth Ngwu, represented by First Vice-President, DAN Mr Emmanuel Ukwondi, said that the role of dietitians in the health sector was paramount, especially with the increase in incidence of diet-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Also speaking, Director of Nursing Services, Ministry of Health, Oyo State, Mr Aderemi Ajiboye, said that dietitians must take on the responsibility of providing sustainable solutions to the problem of malnutrition in the country.

The theme of the conference is: “Sustainable Food Systems: The Role of Dietitians and Impact on National Development”.

Seun Fakorede

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