Tuesday, 03. March 2015 - 12:03
12. 12. 11. - 17:00
Some Croatian parents continue to believe in nutritional values of alcohol and give their first graders wine or beer often, recent research shows.
Some 7.2 per cent of first grade students drink alcohol more than six times a month, a fact that has shocked experts in Europe, says Vesna Juresa from Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb.
The data is not much better for eight graders – 29.9 per cent of boys and 11.8 per cent of girls drink alcohol more than six times a week.
The phenomenon that has shocked European counterparts comes from old customs that some Croatian parents continue to hold onto, says Juresa.
"It is a well-known fact that certain types of alcohol are considered food – that wine is good for blood and that the beer is food." Marketing still connects sports and alcohol, she warns.
In addition to unusual alcohol consumption, Croatian children have other habits that can lead to obesity. Some three per cent of 18-year-old boys weigh over 100 kilograms, while the same number of girls has more than 78.2 kilograms. One of the reasons is lack of exercise - only 30 per cent of primary school students walk at least half an hour every week.
Also some 30 per cent of children in all age groups eats less than three meals a day, while 17.8 per cent of first graders do not eat a single serving of fruit on a daily basis. Many also eat three servings of fast food a week.
Another common habit that can lead to obesity and is prominent amongst Croatian youth is too much time spent in front of TV and computer screens, Juresa warns.
World's oldest Aga discovered in Croatia
Lead researcher Marcel Buric - from the Department of Prehistoric Archaeology at Zagreb's Faculty of Philosophy - said the find was significant because the kiln was covered to protect the rest of the building from fire.
Varazdin helps flood hit Gunja
The Northern Croatian town of Varazdin has collected donations worth over 50,000 Euro for the floods hit eastern village of Gunja.
Drunken and violent Poles arrested in Zadar
Two Polish tourists have been arrested in Croatian coastal town of Zadar.
Six arrested as Israeli football fans attacked in Split
Police in Croatia have arrested six people for an attack on Israeli football fans in a street in the centre of the Adriatic port of Split.
Great start for Croat clubs in Europa League
Croatian football clubs have started with maximum points in qualifications of the Europa League.
Blanka Vlasic delights with her football juggling skills
The world's high jump champion Blanka Vlasic has delighted her fans with her football skills.
Rainbow Warrior visits Adriatic
The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior has arrived for a visit in Croatia.
World Academy of Arts and Science organizes courses in Dubrovnik
In Autumn 2014 The World Academy of Art & Science and The World University Consortium are organising graduate level courses at Inter University Centre, Dubrovnik in Croatia.
Eduardo joins Flamengo
The agreement between the forward and Flamengo will be signed on the morning of Thursday, at the clubhouse in Gávea. Just as was done with the Argentine Héctor Canteros, he should receive the shirt of Flamengo from a partner-supporter chosen by the club. It is likely that he will use the number 23 at least until the end of the season.
Rijeka to open concession contract for Tito's yacht Galeb
Officials in the western Croatian city of Rijeka have decided to put out a concession contract for the luxury yacht Galeb once owned by the former Yugoslav president Tito.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days