Yayla Agro Chairman of the Board Hasan Gümüş, in his statement on February 10 World Pulses Day, stated that as a result of the accelerated and changing lifestyle in recent years, health problems have increased with the gradual abandonment of traditional eating habits, and that overweight and obesity are an important public health problem. He said it has become a big problem in our country and that overweight and obesity are increasing in Turkey. 1 out of every 3 people in our country is obese and that they are rising rapidly in the world ranking. Hasan Gümüş stated that legumes, which are valuable sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and vegetable protein, should be included in our meals more. “As in the past, we should consume more healthy and delicious foods made with dry beans, chickpeas, green and red lentils, and bulgur in our meals. With the pandemic, we acknowledged the importance of strengthening immunity and leading a healthy and balanced life. The demand for pulses has increased significantly. Accordingly, traditional dishes and flavors have gained importance. Now people want to consume healthy meals at home and outside. As Yayla Agro, within the framework of our mission of “Building A Healthy Future”, we produce home style products that are additive-free and preservative-free. We have developed our innovative Ready to Eat product line, which can be consumed in a convenient way. Our new generation consumers have difficulties in making and reaching traditional dishes. The series contain many flavors from soup to pinto beans, bulgur pilaf with chickpeas and green lentils to pasta, dry beans with meat and more. We carry the traditional taste of Turkey to the future.
Obesity in Numbers…
Obesity worldwide has tripled since 1975, according to data from the World Health Organization.
According to 2016 figures, more than 1.9 billion adults aged 18 and over are overweight, while 650 million of them are obese.
Again, according to 2016 data, 39 percent of adults over the age of 18 are overweight, while 13 percent of the world’s adult population is obese.
In 2016, more than 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 years are overweight or obese.
The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents aged 5-19 has increased over the years. While it was 4 percent in 1975, the rate of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents in this age group increased to 18 percent in 2016.
According to 2020 data, 39 million children under the age of 5 are overweight or obese.
In countries where the world’s population lives predominantly, obesity and overweight cause more deaths than people under normal weight.
According to the 2018-2019 obesity data of the World Health Organization, 1 out of every 3 people in Turkey is obese. In OECD countries, the treatment of obesity-related diseases accounts for 8.4 percent of total health expenditures.