More people are exercising but more people are overweight and obese

More people are exercising but more people are overweight and obese

They are exercising more but still getting fatter in Brazil.  Funny timing this given I just wrote a blog on this a few days ago!  However when you look at the brand new Health Ministry numbers released this week from Brazil then the same story appears.  The study survey results for the last six years were released on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by Brazil’s Health Ministry.  It was based on up-to-date data from 2011 Health Ministry surveys of 54,144 people in the capitals of Brazil’s 27 different states. 

The Reality Check?

  • More than 48% of Brazilians are now overweight – up by 5.3% since 2006
  • More than 15% are now obese – up by 4.4% since 2006
  • Overweight men increased from 47.2% in 2006 to 52.6% in 2011
  • Overweight women increased from 38.5% in 2006 to 44.7% in 2011
  • Over 63% of the 35-45 age groups are now overweight


This is the generation that will not live as long as their parents.  What is the cause of this?  A lack of fruit and vegetables is a major cause given that 80% of Brazilians do not even eat five portions per day.  The problem is not exercise as the proportion of sedentary males in Brazil fell from 16% in 2009 to 14.1% in 2011. 

So they are exercising more but still getting fatter and eating less fruits and vegetables and getting fatter.

As reported by latino.foxnews.com on April 11, 2012 from Rio de Janeiro.  

 

Posted: Thursday 12 April 2012

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