Brazil moves to combat rising obesity

March 19, 2013

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.

Explore further: Brazil alarmed over rising obesity rate

Related Stories

Brazil alarmed over rising obesity rate

April 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

July 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

A metabolic master switch underlying human obesity

August 19, 2015

Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges of the 21st century. Affecting more than 500 million people worldwide, obesity costs at least $200 billion each year in the United States alone, and contributes to potentially ...

Scientists probe obesity's ties to breast cancer risk

August 20, 2015

Obesity is a well-known risk factor for breast cancer, but researchers haven't figured out what connects the two. A new study suggests the link may be due to a change in breast tissue structure, which might promote breast ...

Can a new drug brown the fat and trim the obese person?

May 28, 2015

New research has found that a variant of a drug used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension prompts weight loss in obese mice. Among mice fed a high-fat diet, those who did not get the medication became obese while medicated ...


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.