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Friday, December 22, 2017

Genes contribute to childhood obesity

By Ross Hettinger

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 22 – Did you know that certain genes can affect how prone you are to obesity? A study conducted by the Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) found at least two genes that seem to affect eating behaviors of children aged 9-12.

Researchers took anthropometric measurements of 125 children. Anthropometric measurements are measurements of proportions, height, and weight. They also took a survey of the children’s eating behaviors as well as an analysis of their genome. A genome is a complete set of genes unique to each person.

The results of the study showed that children who possessed two certain genes, the FTO rs9939609 and FTO rs1421085 were more likely to have food-positive eating behaviors and that these children also had the highest tendency of being overweight or obese.

Obesity does not just affect a child’s physical health, but also their mental health and ability to socialize with other children. While genes may play a role whether a child is obese or not, proper eating behavior is the most important way to prevent a child from becoming obese. The Pinggang Pinoy developed by DOST-FNRI is a good tool to ensure that your child is eating the best food for their age in correct portions.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact:  Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Telephone/ Fax Nos: 837-2934 or 837-3164; Direct Line:839-1839; DOST Trunk Line: 837-2071-82 local 2296 or 2284; e-mail: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph or at mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph.

You may also like their Facebook page at facebook.com/FNRI.DOST or follow their Twitter account at twitter.com/FNRI_DOST. (FNRI-DOST S & T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Welfare assistance given to OFWs in AgSur town

By Jean Pearl I. Millones

BUTUAN CITY, Dec. 22 – Earlier this year 2017, the province of Agusan del Sur was declared under the state of calamity after almost two weeks of continuous torrential rainfall brought about by Typhoon Auring and the tail-end of the cold front.

Eight municipalities in the province of Agusan de Sur were declared under state of calamity (San Luis, Esperanza, Loreto, Veruela, Bunawan, Talacogon, La Paz and Trento) and all barangays in these towns, particularly those in river municipalities which remained flooded for several weeks.

According to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC), 223 houses were destroyed while other houses were washed out by the rampaging flood that started on January 17, 2017.

With the dawning of calamities affecting the lives of its member-OFWs, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) created a program to assist and provide relief assistance to families affected by calamities. The Welfare Assistance Program (WAP) was realized to give assistance to OWWA members facing any of the following circumstances: those affected calamities such as by super typhoons, magnitude 6 and up earthquake, heavy flooding; bereavement for the family of an OFW who were victims of crimes or accident; disability of a member; medical assistance for OWWA members not covered by the MEDPlus.

On November 18-19, 2017, the OWWA Caraga Team released the calamity assistance to the OWWA members, active and non-active, from San Luis, Agusan del Sur. One hundred twenty-nine 129 families received their assistance, of which, 56 are already inactive members while 73 are still active. The release totaled to P101,000.


The team also conducted an advocacy of the agency’s programs and services to make sure that the members are informed and aware of the existence of the programs. (OWWA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)