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What will happen to the health of children?

Trans. by B.DULGUUN

Mongolia has been purchasing and consuming cheap instant noodles in excessive amounts for quite some time now.
Instant noodles are sold everywhere, since its demands have increased substantially. However, most people aren’t aware of which instant noodles are imported from different countries, its effects and dangers for the human body, and the types of studies foreign countries carried out on this product.

According to a survey, Mongolians have consumed nearly 53 million instant noodles in a span of just three years. Passing each hectic day as it comes, the modern lifestyle doesn’t give people time to review their meals. However, the survey also showed that adults usually eat instant noodles to relieve hangovers, while middle school children and students consume instant noodles on a daily basis because of its affordability.
Most readers would most likely be curious as to where these more than 50 million instant noodles came from. According to the information provided by the General Authority for Border Protection, businesses made requests to import 10,600 tons of instant noodles across the border in the last three years, looking at specific data from 2012 to 2014. If we convert this figure into kilograms, with the average package of instant noodle weighing 200 grams, we could easily make the estimation that the number of packages is slightly over 48 million.
Around 70 percent of Mongolia’s population is an average ago of 34 and the average number of instant noodles consumed per capita in Mongolia is 25.2 packets of instant noodles in three years. If half of this 70 percent are active consumers of the product, in other words, students and middle school children, this figure is bound to increase.
The General Authority for Border Protection noted that 60 to 70 percent of imported instant noodles were from China and South Korea, and the remaining were imported from Vietnam, Russia, and Japan.

Annually, five to six children undergo surgery for stomach ulcer

Active consumers of instant noodles are children and young adults. Instant noodle is a convenient fast food that can be purchased at the average price of 1,000 to 2,500 MNT from any store, and eaten anywhere after soaking it in hot water.
In recent years, increasing number of people are getting stomach ulcer and stomach cancer from eating instant noodle, according to hospitals. Doctors have noted that consumption of instant noodles pose major threats of these diseases to children in particular.
In the 2013 statistics on health, digestive system diseases ranked third among the top five causes of death in Mongolia.
According to gastroenterologist of the National Center for Maternal and Child Health (NCMCH) M.Dashaa, she examines 40 to 45 children every day for symptoms of vomiting, abdominal pains, diarrhea, and refusing to eat.
“Digestive system diseases among children aged one to 10 has increased in recent years. This is directly connected to the food they consume. For instance, children are consuming more processed food such as instant noodles, fast food, soft drinks, chips, and spicy food. As a consequence, gastritis, gastric ulcers, gastrointestinal perforation diseases are increasing,” she said.
Doctors have verified that on average, five children undergo a surgery for stomach ulcer every year. Most of them are said to be young teenage boys aged 15 to 16. Surgeons noted that the main food products that they consume are instant noodles and soft drinks.
Middle school children spend majority of their time at school. They dine on cheap buuz and khuushuur sold at school canteens. It’s common for most boys to go straight to PC game centers after school and eat instant noodles there, while playing computer games.
Gastroenterologist M.Dashaa also highlighted that parental supervision has become weak and due to their poor supervision on the food their children eat, more and more children, particularly boys, are infecting with stomach diseases.

Gastric ulcer increases among one to four-year-olds

According to 2014, a total of 3,153 children were hospitalized and treated at the NCMCH due to digestive system diseases. 61 percent of these children were male and 29 percent were female. Majority of them were aged from one to nine.
Within this figure, the majority of children getting hospitalized because of stomach inflammation were 10 to 14 year olds, and as for children with stomach ulcer, the majority was 15 to 19 year old boys.
The most shocking news is that the number of one to four year olds infecting with stomach inflammation has increased considerably compared to five years ago. Doctors reported that there are numerous occurrences of stomach ulcers among this age group.

Source: http://news.gogo.mn/r/158587

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  1. If instant noodles are a health hazard then Mongolia should ban their import. How difficult is that?

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