Fat kid 311 AP.
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While two-thirds of Israeli adults aged 25 to 64 and 18.6 percent of children
aged 12 to 18 are overweight, 70% of a representative sample deny it. This was
learned from a new MarketWatch survey commissioned by the Israel National
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The survey also found that 37% of the adults completely
avoid exercise and 13% had been told by a doctor that they have excess blood
sugar. It was commissioned for the council’s November 22 event at the Tel Aviv
Fairgrounds to increase awareness of diabetes, which will be attended by mayors,
ministers, MKs and other decision-makers.
A quarter of those polled said
they were smokers, with a fifth of them (mostly men) smoking regularly and 14%
Residents of Tel Aviv and the central region are more
likely to smoke than those in Haifa and the North. Only 19% said they exercised
regularly and 36% once or twice a week. Women and smokers are less likely than
others to exercise.
Those queried were also quite ignorant about the fact
that uncontrolled diabetes can kill, in addition to significantly raising the
risk of heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney damage and limb
National council chairman Prof. Itamar Raz, head of the
diabetes unit at Hadassah University Medical Center, said that if the public
adopts a healthful lifestyle, most cases of type II diabetes can be avoided. If
not, 2,500 Israelis will continue to die from the disease each year.
public also showed great ignorance about the types of diabetes – the autoimmune
disease that usually begins in childhood and requires regular shots of insulin,
and the adult-onset type in which existing insulin in the body is not effective
in metabolizing sugar.
Sixteen percent were unaware that type II diabetes
can be prevented, while five percent said they themselves had been diagnosed