Poor diet an issue for most Solomon Islanders

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By Ezekiel Talatau

PROMOTING healthy diet lifestyle is the least thing most people in Solomon Islands think about when consuming food. At later stages, they regret it.

About 50 to 80 percent of chronic diseases are related to or affected by poor nutrition.

Chronic disease such as, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and stroke are high in Solomon Islands resulted from poor balance diet.

An Australian dietary report said that practising poor diet is a result of poverty but not education.

It is estimated that about 12.7 percent of population in Solomon Islands live below the poverty line and are categorised poor as reported from Solomon island national statistical office.

Increase in poverty is more likely to influence the high rate of people consuming unbalanced diet.

A concern citizen also stated that, most people living in Solomon Islands are living with a low wages and only few a high wages working class people.

To date, country population is increase since the last census in 2009, more youths are unemployed and the country standard of living is high, meeting the balance food for people in Solomon Islands could be a great concern in years to come.

Since most death case in the National Referral Hospital (NRH) are the results of chronic disease. The Ministry of health and medical services are working firm in promoting healthy food diet through SIBC, Public awareness and providing stickers and charts to Honiara City Council clinics and other private clinic in Honiara to tackle unbalance diet.

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