Ministry of Health Discusses Measures to Combat Rising Obesity Rates in Brazil

According to the survey, in Brazil, more than half of the population, 55.7 percent, are overweight, which is an increase of 30.8 percent over the 2006 rate.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Health Ministry aims to tackle the problem of rising obesity in Brazil, especially childhood obesity, with information about healthy eating, more physical activity, and encouragement of informative labeling, said Minister Henrique Mandetta.

The 2018 Telephone Survey of Risk Factors and Protection for Chronic Diseases (VIGITEL), released at the end of July by the Ministry of Health, registered a considerable increase in excess weight among the Brazilian population.

According to the survey, in Brazil, more than half of the population, 55.7 percent, are overweight, which is an increase of 30.8 percent over the 42 . . .

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