Sani Hassan, a Fellow of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, advised Nigerians to check their Body Mass Index (BMI) on a regular basis to monitor weight gain and avoid diet-related diseases.
Hassan made the announcement during a two-day Quarterly Coordination and Review Meeting on Food and Nutrition in Zaria with focal persons from Kaduna State’s 23 Local Government Areas.
The meeting was organized by the Planning and Budget Commission with support from the UN Children’s Fund, according to the Nigerian News Agency (UNICEF).
A high BMI, he claims, can indicate high body fat and screen weight categories, both of which can lead to health issues.
“BMI is a critical indicator of health and general wellbeing of people.
“Consistent increase in BMI is a journey toward obesity, accompanied by diet-related non-communicable diseases like kidney, liver and heart disease, hypertension, cancer and diabetes, among others”, he said.
Regular BMI checks, he added, would allow people to keep track of their weight by monitoring their dietary intake and exercising to maintain a healthy weight for a healthy lifestyle.
He advised state nutrition officials to go beyond promotion and model healthy eating habits by maintaining a healthy weight.
According to the nutritionist, about 80% of diseases afflicting Nigerians are diet-related and can be avoided with proper dietary knowledge and attitude. He claimed that a large number of Nigerians are unaware of the link between what they eat and their health.
He claimed that many Nigerians are unaware of the connection between what they eat and their health.
Such ignorance, he claims, is largely to blame for the alarming rise in the number of diet-related diseases among both the young and the elderly.
Mrs. Priscilla Dariya, PBC’s Deputy Director of Development Aid Coordination, stated that the meeting’s goal was to review the state’s nutrition activities.
The meeting was also to document barriers and opportunities for optimal nutrition practices, as well as to improve members’ capacity to implement nutrition programs, according to Dariya.
“The meeting was also to facilitate coordination of nutrition activities in local government areas and encourage behavioural change toward positive living,” she said.