According to the Hungarian Central Statistical Office (HCSO), the income of the families highly defines the general health state of even the 16-year-old children. Though the Hungarian government introduced daily PE classes many years ago, every fifth child is overweight. Thus, type 2 diabetes is becoming more and more frequent among them even though it regularly appears only in older age. Furthermore, 3/4th of the children and adolescents do not take part in dental inspections at all – reported hirtv.hu.
As we already reported, the health care system in Hungary struggles with many problems. The system is extremely underfunded, medical equipment is mostly outdated, and there is an ever growing
shortage of doctors and nurses
who leave the country to work abroad for better salaries.
According to the latest survey of the HCSO, almost 75 pc of the Hungarians above 16 do not take part in dental screenings. Furthermore, the chairwoman of the Hungarian Association of Paedodontics and Orthodontics said that this is also problematic among children below that age.
Moreover, many children do not take part even in compulsory school screenings. And even if they do, there is no follow-up – she added. This is why it seems that
the whole system is going to collapse
even though the law clearly prescribes regular dental screenings for children above 3. Moreover, under 18 every treatment is free.
According to the data, there are huge problems with the diet of the children, as well. Sadly, every fifth child is overweight,
5 pc of them are obese.
In fact, many of them struggle with orthopaedic disorders because of their overweight. Consequently, the number of those who suffer from type 2 diabetes is growing – highlighted the expert.
According to György Póta, the chairman of the Hungarian Paediatric Association, daily PE introduced by the government before does not mean that children sweat intensively for 45 minutes every day a week. Thus, it did not reach its original goal.
The same goes for diet. Even though the government prescribed for schools and kindergartens that children should eat healthier this
did not change the minds at home.
Thus, children do not eat healthy meals and do not move after school.
In fact, eating healthier is in direct relation with social status and qualification in Hungary. Thus, education is inevitable to make the Hungarian society healthier. However, better food is more expensive, and this is what most families cannot afford. Thus, it is not surprising that even in the case of children above 16 there is a
direct relation between the financial state of the family and the health state of their children.