Overweight Cases in RP to Increase

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MANILA, Philippines - Experts said on Saturday that the number of overweight cases in the country may increase to 1.25 million by 2015. Based on the 2007 figures from the community study of the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight & Obesity, Inc., he projected the number of people between the age of 11 and 12 may rise to 600,000, while people with ages 13 to 19 to 1.25 million by 2015. "We have been seeing a lot of overweight cases in hospitals, that is why we have projection for 2015 since this could soon become a problem for the country," said Dr. Jesus Inciong, general surgeon from St. Luke's Medical Center. Inciong made the explanation at the launch of a Japan-based health company Tanita's new weighing scale capable of measuring specific body masses. Another expert explained that a high body weight does not immediately mean a person is unhealthy from fat. At the same launch, nutritionist-dietitian April Gabutina said: "People want to simply know if they are obese or not or are just in their right weight. …