By Lolade Olu-Ojegbeje
Professor Okedunni Arulogun of the Faculty of public health has revealed that fast foods can cause non-communicable diseases.
Prof. Arulogun said this while delivering an inaugural lecture titled ‘The Power of the Hybrid’ at Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan recently.
She added that malaria, domestic accidents, child labour, poor sexual health and diet related non-communicable diseases amongst others are the leading causes of child health problems in Nigeria.
According to her, “Dietary changes from traditional high fibre diets to foreign fast food diets have contributed to the increase of diet-related non-communicable diseases.”
She further said that fast food eating tradition has expanded into food sales in schools which had increased the susceptibility to non-communicable diseases among undergraduates.
She therefore made a case for nutrition education in institutions of higher learning with emphasis on the promotion of healthy diet patterns