Taipei opens hotline to help residents lose weight

2011-03-10 07:15

Taipei – Taipei City Government opened a telephone hotline today to help residents lose a combined 101 tons of fat.

The hotline, staffed by two nutritionists, will operate for one year on a trial basis, said Chang Hsiu-wei, a city health official.

“It is to help achieve Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-pin’s goal of mobilising residents to lose 101 tons of fat, which in turn is part of the national weight loss campaign with the goal of losing 600 tons of fat,” she said.

The nutritionists will answer callers’ questions and advise them on how to lose weight, how to calculate the calories in food, and weight loss goals.

If the callers permit, the nutritionists are to make follow-up calls over a three-month period to check on their progress.

A dozen people rang the hotline today to ask questions ranging from How can I eat in a healthy way? and Is it unhealthy to skip breakfast? to Should I not use cream when I drink coffee?

The proportion of overweight Taiwanese has surged from 12% 20 years ago to 47% now, according to the Department of Health.

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