Brazil moves to combat rising obesity

Brazil launched a campaign Tuesday to combat the ballooning waistlines of its population—a trend it said costs nearly $250 million each year in treatment of obesity-related diseases.

"We have to pay attention to the quality of life, offer new ways such as and physical activity," said Alexandre Padilha.

"This is the time for Brazil to act in all areas, prevention and treatment for all ages and social classes," he added as he unveiled a University of Brasilia study on government spending on treatment for obesity-related diseases.

Basic health centers are providing instructions on how to prevent obesity and excess weight gain along with space for people to exercise and learn about healthy nutrition.

The government has also eased formalities for stomach-reduction surgery in the most serious cases.

To improve the diet of Brazilians, it has signed an agreement with the food industry to reduce the amount of sodium in processed foods.

figures are trending upwards in Brazil.

A 2011 report showed that the proportion of overweight people rose from 42.7 percent in 2006 to 48.5 percent in 2011. The percentage of obese people meanwhile went up from 11.4 percent to 15.8 percent during the same period.

Related Stories

Brazil alarmed over rising obesity rate

date Apr 10, 2012

In Brazil, a country known for girls in mini-bikinis and where body-consciousness borders on obsession, nearly half the population is overweight, a study by the Ministry of Health released Tuesday found.

Turkey fights back at ballooning weight gain

date Jul 20, 2012

In Turkey, the land of kebabs and sweet lokum, expanding waistlines are the target of a new anti-obesity campaign by the government to help one million Turks slim down over the next year.

Recommended for you

Cost of lifestyle advice during pregnancy is worth it

date 23 hours ago

Research from the University of Adelaide shows that the additional cost of providing  one-on-one lifestyle advice to overweight and obese women during pregnancy is offset by improved outcomes at birth.

Team develops anti-obesity treatment in animal models

date Mar 26, 2015

Researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) have shown that partial pharmacological inhibition of the PI3K enzyme in obese mice and monkeys reduces body weight and physiological manifestations ...

Binge eating linked to comorbidities in obese adults

date Mar 25, 2015

(HealthDay)—For obese adults, binge eating disorder (BED) may be associated with specific medical comorbidities, according to a study published online March 16 in the International Journal of Eating Di ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.