Irreligious Vietnam and obesity

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Childhood obesity is rapidly increasing in Vietnam with a new study revealing that 11.2% of youngsters aged 6 to 10 are overweight and 10.1% obese.[1]

Officially, Vietnam is an atheist state.[2]

The website Scaling Up Nutrition indicates concerning Vietnam and obesity:

Vietnam is facing a dual burden of malnutrition and obesity, as its rapid development over the past two decades has resulted in the emergence of developed-world health issues without completely eradicating hunger.[3]

The Voice of America website indicates:

Vietnam has a nutrition problem that sounds like a contradiction: too many of its children are underweight, but at the same time, more and more children are becoming overweight every year.

This could seem like two separate public health issues, but they are actually connected, because both are the result of poor diets. Historical fears of undernutrition may have pushed Vietnamese to overcompensate in their eating habits, swinging the problem in the opposite direction, to overnutrition.[4]

The website Food Navigator Asia website indicates:

Childhood obesity is rapidly increasing in Vietnam with a new study revealing that 11.2% of youngsters aged six to 10 are overweight and 10.1% obese.

A further 19.9% of the children examined in Hai Phong City had high abdominal adiposity.

These statistics showed a significant increase from the year 2000, where the prevalence of overweightness and obesity combined was 10.4%.[5]

Atheism and obesity

Two of the major risk factors for becoming obese according to the Mayo Clinic are poor dietary choices and inactivity.[6] According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[7]

See also: Atheism and obesity and Atheism and diabetes and Atheism and health

The current atheist population mostly resides in East Asia (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia primarily among whites.[8] See: Global atheism and Western atheism and race

Secular Europe and communist China have significant problems with obesity (see: Secular Europe and obesity and China and obesity). In addition, Australia has a significant problem with obesity (see: Australia, irreligion and obesity).

As noted above, in the United States at the present time, the greater the degree of irreligiosity in a generation, the higher their obesity rate is. According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[9]

In addition, a significant number of prominent atheists are overweight (see: Atheism and obesity).

For more information, See: Atheism and obesity

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References

  1. Child obesity soaring in Vietnam with urban youngsters at highest risk, foodnavigator-asia.com
  2. Jan Dodd, Mark Lewis, Ron Emmons. The Rough Guide to Vietnam, Vol. 4, 2003. p. 509: "After 1975, the Marxist-Leninist government of reunified Vietnam declared the state atheist while theoretically allowing people the right to practice their religion under the constitution."
  3. Vietnam faces double health burden, malnutrition and obesity
  4. As Obesity Rises in Vietnam, Millions Still Underweight
  5. Child obesity soaring in Vietnam with urban youngsters at highest risk, foodnavigator-asia.com
  6. Causes of obesity
  7. http://www.gallup.com/poll/145379/Religious-Americans-Lead-Healthier-Lives.aspx
  8. A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post, May 23, 2013
  9. Very Religious Americans Lead Healthier Lives, Gallup Poll, 2010