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Vietnam’s growing alcohol and salt addiction

The news that almost 60 percent of Vietnamese consume excessive salt and alcohol is one of the negative consequences of its remarkable economic progress.Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam raised the issue at a joint conference held by Vietnam’s Ministry of Health and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Hanoi on Wednesday, highlighting that as much as 57 percent of Vietnam’s population registered low intake of vegetables and excessive consumption of salt and alcohol.The news

20 October 2019

Poor nutrition hurting ASEAN’s kids

Nutrition is central to the growth, cognitive development, school performance and future productivity of children.However, traditional and indigenous foods are slowly being cast aside in favour of modern diets that are low in nutrients and fibre but high in sugars and fats.Combined with busy lifestyles and budgetary concerns, malnutrition is taking a toll on a sizable portion of ASEAN children.A report yesterday by UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s agency, warns that millions of

16 October 2019