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Taiwanese more interested in dieting than exercise: survey

2012/06/13 16:53:30

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Taiwanese people are more interested in losing weight through dieting than through exercise, according to the results of a study released by the Bureau of Health Promotion Wednesday.

While 56.4 percent of respondents seeking diet consultations asked questions about healthy eating, only 28.5 percent were concerned about how exercise can keep them in shape, according to the survey findings.

The study noted that most people wanted to know about dietary guidelines, the six basic categories for nutrients, fast-food consumption and daily caloric intake.

The most commonly asked questions were whether people can eat sweet fruit, what foods should be chosen when dining out and the calorie allowance per day, said Chen Yen-fang, a bureau official.

Such questions can be answered by calling a free hotline jointly run by the bureau, nutritionists and sports specialists, she said.

"Eating a balanced diet is equally important as maintaining regular exercise habits," said a doctor specializing in weight loss.

"Although caloric control can help one shed weight faster at the beginning, it requires exercise to maintain a healthy weight in the long term," said Liou Tsan-hon, a doctor at a local hosptial.

The study was compiled using responses from 4,876 individuals seeking dietary consultation through a free hotline from June 2011 to April 2012.

(By Nancy Liu)