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Thailand’s Health Department Advises Thai’s “Not” to Consume too much of Politics News



Thai’s could develop the so-called political stress syndrome (PPS).


BANGKOK – Thai citizens have been advised not to be obsessed with current political developments, as they could develop the so-called political stress syndrome (PPS).

The Ministry of Public Health revealed that the ongoing political conflict was having an emotional effect on the people, causing them to inevitably become stressful; if one is unable to recover from this state of mind, he or she could develop the political stress syndrome (PPS). According to the ministry, there are 5 groups at risk of the syndrome, which include politicians, supporters, followers, political news consumers, and those with mental disorders.

The Public Health Ministry also pointed out ways to relieve stress such as turning one’s attention to something unrelated to politics, talking to like-minded people, exercising, relaxing oneself, and calming one’s mind by doing religious practices.

For those who follow these instructions and still experience a certain level of depression for longer than a week, it is best they consult a psychiatrist, the ministry suggested.

Meanwhile, Mahidol University Nutrition Institute director Dr Visith Chavasit said at a conference on Thursday that a majority of Thais eat a diet that contains less fruit and vegetables than the minimum level recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) at 400 grams a day.

Inadequate daily intakes of fruit and vegetables among some 75 per cent of Thai nationals could increase their risk of getting chronic diseases.


 Studies found 76.2 per cent of Thai nationals above age 15 consumed greens in lesser amounts than the official serving size of about one-third of the total food portion, while 71.8 per cent consume fruit less than half WHO’s recommendation.
The imbalanced consumption of vegetables and fruit in Thailand has resulted in more Thai people getting chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart and cardiac-related diseases, cancer and many others.


  A number of studies have found that daily intake of at least 400 grams of fruit and vegetables a day could help reduce risk of heart disease by 33 per cent and cancer by 50 per cent when compared with those who consumed less than the recommended amount.


  Despite the ongoing campaign to promote more consumption of vegetables and fruit, Thai people tend to eat less greens due to behavioral change. People are more likely opting for fast food, resulting in an imbalanced intake of fruit and vegetables every day.
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