The Straits Times
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Published on Sep 07, 2012
 

In body-conscious Brazil, half are now overweight

 
 

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - One of the world's most body-conscious countries, Brazil is now threatened by growing obesity rates, with half of the population already overweight.

As a result of an unbalanced diet and a rise in more sedentary lifestyles, Brazil, which moved 30 million people out of poverty and into the middle class over the past decade, is paying a heavy price for its frenetic growth.

Official statistics corroborate the alarming rise in the number of overweight or obese people in the world's sixth largest economy.

Nearly half of the country's 194 million people are overweight and 16 per cent obese, according to a health ministry report released in April.