Lady Julia Weeps Over Poor Nutritional State Of Ghanaians
http://thechronicle.com.gh/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Lady-Julia-addressing-the-forum.jpg LADY JULIA Osei Tutu, wife of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has deplored the poor nutritional state of the Ghanaian family and its health consequences on majority of the people in the country.
She observed that lack of proper nutrition and poor eating habits amongst many Ghanaians have resulted in the increase in many lifestyle diseases.
Lady Julia noted that lack of proper awareness and education on good nutrition is gradually sending many Ghanaians to their early graves and would therefore require conscious efforts from various stakeholders to address the unfortunate situation.
The wife of the Ashanti King was speaking at the maiden edition of a forum dubbed ‘Lady Julia Annual Nutrition Forum’ to create awareness about the need to ensure good nutrition amongst Ghanaian families.
The forum, which is the brainchild of the Lady Julia Foundation, is also being spearheaded by the Coca Cola Company Limited and is meant to educate Ghanaians about the consequences of poor nutrition and the need to adopt positive lifestyle in order to avoid some non-communicable diseases which are becoming widespread in the country.
The forum was under the theme: ‘Moderation and Exercise: Essential Ingredients in Maintaining a Balanced Healthy Lifestyle.’ Lady Julia noted that though Ghana has made positive strides in its democratic credentials, the same could not be said of health credentials amongst its citizens, stressing that the situation has serious implications on the socio-economic development of the country.
According to her, poor health statistics does not encourage investment, asserting that investors are not willing to spend their money in a society that does not guarantee good health of its
She said it was disturbing to know that non communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension amongst others, had witnessed steady increases in recent times and attributed it to habits.
Lady Julia, therefore, indicated that the best approach to solving the menace is to patronize our local foods prepared under hygienic conditions and avoid diets that have negative effects on the body.
‘These days it is uncommon to hear people die early and when it happens, we attribute it to other strange factors even though some of them are caused by our own way of life,’ she emphasized.
She, therefore, commended Coca Cola Company for supporting the initiative and hinted that the programme would soon be extended to other regions.
The forum brought together health and nutrition experts who spoke on various health topics and also educated participants on major health challenges resulting out of poor nutrition and eating habits.
The discussants included Prof. Agyemang Badu Akosah, former Director General of the Ghana Health Services, Dr. Kabah of the Ghana Health Services and Mrs. Patience Osekere amongst others.
Prof. Badu Akosah touched on poor exercise regime amongst Ghanaians, excessive alcohol and sugar intake, smoking and over reliance on food supplements by nursing mothers, as some of the major challenges that have resulted in many rather avoidable health complications amongst Ghanaians in the society.
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