More Than Half the Brazilian Population is Overweight; Obesity Climbing Rapidly

Data released by the Ministry of Health show that 55.7 percent of the population has a Body Mass Index above the rate considered "normal" by the World Health Organization. The number of obese individuals in Brazil increased by 67.8 percent between 2006 and 2018.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The number of obese individuals in Brazil grew 67.8 percent between 2006 and 2018, according to data from the VIGITEL (Surveillance of Risk Factors and Protection for Chronic Diseases by Telephone Survey), which was released on Thursday, July 25th, by the Ministry of Health.

The survey, carried out last year, showed that the index increased from 11.8 percent (2006) to 19.8 percent (2018) and that people between 25 and 34 years of age (84.2 percent) and between 35 and 44 years of age (81.1 percent) recorded the steepest increase in obesity . . .

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