Increased obesity due to increased eating out and delivery due to Corona… National nutritional status ‘red light’


Changes in food consumption behavior as the number of single-person households and single meals increases… ‘Customized prescription’ using delivery app

Ministry of Health and Welfare

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(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Min-Jeong Cho = The 3rd National Nutrition Management Plan announced by the government on the 20th included the introduction of sodium and sugar control functions in the delivery app. status was reflected.

According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the proportion of single-person households increased from 27.2% in 2015 to 31.7% in 2020.

The proportion of single-person households eating out for food increased from 43.7% in 2010 to 55.9% in 2019, and the proportion of fresh agricultural products such as fruits and vegetables decreased significantly from 30.1% to 18.4%.

At the same time, consumption of processed food by all households also increased, from 26.4% in 2010 to 30.2% in 2019.

As the consumption of processed foods and eating out increases, a balanced nutritional intake is not being achieved.

The proportion of those who consumed more than 500g of vegetables and fruits per day decreased from 37.8% in 2010 to 26.2% in 2020.

In addition, the proportion of fat in the total daily energy intake increased by 4.7 percentage points from 19.7% in 2010 to 24.4% in 2020, but vitamin A intake decreased by 26.1% and vitamin C intake by 37.3%, respectively.

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In addition, it seems that eating habits are getting worse as the consumption of ‘single rice’, convenience food, and delivery food increases due to Corona 19.

According to a survey by the Health Industry Promotion Agency, 57.5% of the respondents said that their consumption of convenience food has increased since Corona 19, and 71.2% of those who said that their consumption of delivery food has increased.

This change in eating habits, coupled with the demographic change of the aging population, is leading to an increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases such as hypertension and obesity.

According to the 2020 National Health Statistics, the prevalence of obesity among men increased by more than 10 percentage points to 36.4% in 2010 and 48.0% in 2020.

Hypercholesterolemia increased from 10.4% to 20.2%, and the prevalence of hypertension increased from 23.7% to 28.6%, respectively.

In women, the prevalence of obesity rose from 24.8% in 2010 to 27.7% in 2020, and hypercholesterolemia rose from 10.9% to 18.8%.

The government evaluates that the 2nd Basic National Nutrition Management Plan implemented between 2017 and 2021 achieved results in promoting healthy eating habits such as reducing sodium and sugar and developing low-sodium and low-sugar recipes, and expanding customized nutritional management for chronic disease risk groups. did.

However, he believed that new support measures were needed in terms of response to national disasters such as COVID-19 and nutrition management for young and elderly people, especially single-person households.

In particular, in consideration of the policy environment such as the increase in non-face-to-face health care services due to COVID-19, we decided to focus our policy capabilities on expanding customized nutrition management, such as using delivery apps with the goal of ‘increasing the population practicing healthy eating’.

Lee Ki-il, 2nd Vice Minister of Welfare, said, “With the announcement of the 3rd National Nutrition Management Basic Plan as an opportunity, we will strengthen cooperation with related ministries, local governments, and actors in various fields to build an environment for people to practice healthy eating.”

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