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Health warns about dangers of excessive fat, salt Kuwait keen on applying recommendation of WHO

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 18: The Ministry of Health has warned about the dangers of excessive fat and salt in food items like cheese and chips, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In a recent press statement, Director of Meal Ration Management Unit Dr Nawal Al- Hamad confirmed the ministry has strengthened coordination with other concerned authorities to raise public awareness on the negative effect of consuming food loaded with fats and salt on people’s health. She disclosed part of the campaign is the showing of a documentary film on the dangerous repercussions of excessive fat and salt consumption.

She said Kuwait is keen on applying the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to control chronic diseases by encouraging people to lessen their fat and salt intake by at least 10 percent. She added the Ministry of Health and other institutions like its commerce counterpart have looked into the experiences of countries that have applied these recommendations to learn from them. According to Al-Hamad, the ministry has conducted a study to determine the actual salt and fat content of various food products. She said the ministry will take the necessary measures to lessen salt and fat contents of bread and other food products like cheese by 20 percent as an initial step.

She also unveiled a plan to lay down new specifications for imported and local food products, in coordination with other ministries and companies. She pointed out these specifications are aimed at protecting the people without negatively affecting the companies. She added this step will greatly contribute to ongoing efforts to curb the rising number of people suffering from heart and chronic diseases, especially since Kuwait is one of the countries with high diabetes rate. She affirmed the best way to control these diseases is to teach the people how to be healthy by eating the right food and adopting an active lifestyle.

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