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FEATURE: Manila green schools fight bad diets

FAST FOOD NATION:Junk food is even more pervasive in the Philippines than it is in the US, which has resulted in an explosion of obesity, diabetes and hypertension


The government’s National Nutrition Survey in 2009 showed that 27 percent of adults were overweight, while 25 percent reported having hypertension.

“That is a gross under--estimation in my view,” Pagunsan said. “Because there are many more people out there who don’t know they are hypertensive, who don’t get the medicines they need and who don’t see a doctor for consultation. And because they go undiagnosed, they do not have any compulsion to control their lifestyles, not knowing that complications are already setting in.”

The education department launched the vegetable project last year and hopes to replicate its success nationwide to produce a new generation of health conscious Filipinos.

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