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Brazil Registers Growing Level of Obesity

04/16/2015 - 08h53

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NATÁLIA CANCIAN
FROM BRASILIA

After the rate plateaued for two years, the number of Brazilians that are overweight is growing again according to data released on Wednesday (15) by the Ministry of Health.

If in 2013 this percentage had stabilized at 50.8% now, this index today has already reached 52.5% of the adult population. The data comes from a research that monitors habits and risk factors for health.

This rise, however, is even higher when compared to eight years ago, when 43% of the population was overweight.

The percentage of the population within this group that are over the obesity line has remained the same. Today, obesity is a health issue to 17.9% of Brazilians. In total, 40,000 people were interviewed.

Although heavier, the average Brazilian already tries to exercise more and spends less time in front of the TV. According to the survey, 35.5% of the population devotes more than 150 minutes a week to physical activity.

With more time for physical activity, there is less time for TV. The percentage of Brazilians who spend more than three hours per day watching the television has decreased: from 31% in 2006 to 25.3% in 2014.

As the population exercises more, they eat better, leaving less room on the table for soda and fatty meats, for example.

Translated by CRISTIANE COSTA LIMA

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Although heavier, the average Brazilian already tries to exercise more and spends less time in front of the TV
Although heavier, the average Brazilian already tries to exercise more and spends less time in front of the TV

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