A conference on nutrition and increasing obesity was held in Hanoi on Jun 29.
The Vietnam Nutrition Association supplied a lot of information during the conference. According to deputy director of National Institute of Nutrition Nguyen Thi Lam, in some cities and towns 4.9% of children at nursery schools are obese, and 10-20% of primary school children and 15% of adults are classed as obese.
Dieting or restricting food intake is not suitable as food in Vietnam is often fatty that easily adds to the obesity rate and too many children do not exercise enough.
Recent research by the Vietnam Nutrition Association showed that if children ate quickly and too much they would be liable to become obese nine times more than other children. And if they had a snack before bedtime, that danger would be 11 times higher.