Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[The public catering reform in social care institutions from the care professionals point of view]


FEBRUARY 28, 2016

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2016;29(01)

[In the European Union, the prevalence of excess weight and obesity have dramatically increased. This increase is associated with inappropriate nutrition and the lack of physical exercise, which in turn lead to an increase of chronic ill health. Consequently, this will adversely affect the quality of life, as well as the life expectancy in the long run. The health of the Hungarian population is poorer than that of other European nations. Less life years are lost in Western European countries. Poor diet plays a pivotal role among other lifestyle associated risk factors affecting health. In light of the above evidence, actions plans and programmes have been designed, as well as ministerial decrees were issued in order to sustain and improve the health of the population. There is evidence that a strong relationship exists between diet and health. Excessive dietary intake of salt increases the risk of high blood pressure. Furthermore, excessive intake of salt, carbohydrates and fat can lead to cardiovascular and malignant diseases, as well as diabetes. Obesity can be prevented by a healthy diet. However, the role of supportive environment cannot be overemphasised when it comes to the introduction of a new, healthier diet and lifestyle.]


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