VIENNA, July 4 (Xinhua) -- A two-day World Health Organization (WHO) conference on nutrition and noncommunicable diseases attened by health ministers and experts from various fields is held in Vienna on Thursday.
WHO Director of the Regional Office for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab said despite the fact that infectious diseases is on the decline in Europe, more people now engage in unhealthy lifestyles which could leads to overweight and obesity.
"Our children sit in front of the television too much," she said according to an APA report, adding that emphasis must also be put on lessening advertising of foods with too much sugar, fat, and salt.
The WHO said nutrition is a major risk factor for many noncommunicable diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and diabetes. Noncommunicable diseases are also the most common cause of premature deaths in Europe.