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Princess Haya Calls for Action to Protect Health in the Developing World
Date:2/24/2010

ir common origins in poor diet," she said. "The cheap, low-grade and processed foods that make adults fat, starve children of absolutely essential nutrients.  Children who are malnourished and underweight during the first two years of life are damaged for the rest of their lives."

She called for a concerted effort by non-governmental organizations, governments, schools and private sector organizations to address the underlying causes of noncommunicable diseases.

"The good news is that obesity in children is largely preventable by improving diets and increasing their participation in physical activity," she said. "We must cut the amount of fatty, sugary foods in their diets.   And we must provide children with opportunities to engage in aerobic exercises like biking, running and swimming for at least 60 minutes each day," she said.

Princess Haya's role at the forum was an outgrowth of her longstanding interest in health-related issues and her work as UN Messenger of Peace, which focuses on efforts to combat poverty and hunger.

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