Dominican population getting fatter
According to a new report by Deloitte, in 1980, 6% of the population of the Dominican Republic was obese but by 2014 that figure had increased to 22%.
In 1981, the National Statistics Office (ONE) reported that the country had 5,545,741 inhabitants, and now there are around 10 million.
Deloitte’s report points out that obesity usually means a shorter life expectancy. The report highlights that in Spain, one in 12 deaths are attributed to morbid obesity. In the United States, morbid obesity is a major cause of mortality, especially from cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
The report adds that a population with high rates of obesity places a greater strain on health services. It is estimated that people who are obese spend 42% more on medical products than those who are not.
Source: Dr1, DiarioLibre
May 24, 2016
Category: DR News |