Written by Williams ABAH

CSO launches videos to eliminate trans-fat

Civil society organizations have launched a series of public service announcement, PSAs, on regulating trans-fat consumption in Nigeria.

 

At a virtual event projected from Abuja, the Network for Health Equity and Development, NHED, and Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, CAPPA, unveiled the PSAs for use by public health groups.

The groups expressed concern on the public health dangers which trans-fat causes, cautioning that the impacts would be far more dangerous under the COVID 19 climate except something is done urgently.

Speaking during the virtual launch, the Executive Director of CAPPA, Akinbode Oluwafemi, cited research findings which revealed that sustained high trans-fat in the body, leads to increased bad cholesterol, lowered good cholesterol, coronary heart disease, dementia, and others.

Oluwafemi added that trans-fat consumption also increases the risk of heart attack and death with an estimated 540,000 fatalities globally in 2010.

According to the latest available data. Of this number 1, 261 were recorded in Nigeria.

Dr. Jerome Mafeni, NHED technical adviser, on the project for eliminating trans-fat, explained that “Industrially produced trans fatty acids are silent killers which very few people know about yet they are present in many of the foods we all love to eat.”

The WHO considers a mandatory limit of 2g of trans fat per 100g of total fat in all fats, oils, and foods to be a best-practice measure.

It was learnt that 29 countries have taken steps to limit trans-fat in their food supplies, including South Africa, India, Brazil, UK, USA, Canada, Turkey and Thailand. There has been a consistent call from health experts and advocates for Nigeria to follow suit.

The newly released trans-fat PSAs will be broadcast and featured on the #TransfatFreeNigeria campaign’s social media chan

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