Prebiotics and other fibres have a big role to play in curbing spiraling obesity, diabetic and pre-diabetic rates in emerging economies like India and China, according to one respected nutrition academic here at the ICN in Granada.
By Katherine Rich, chief executive of the NZ Food & Grocery Council
The level of obesity among New Zealanders, and children in particular, is a major concern, with 28% of adults and one in 10 children aged between two and 14 classed as obese. What’s more, the figures are even higher when broken down by ethnicity.
Mothers’ use of nutritional labels has some impact on the likelihood of their children being obese, indicates a study from Taiwan, but it is not enough to tackle the problem alone and more policy measures are needed.