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Ministry of Public Health warns of obesity

The Ministry of Public Health says obesity has become an epidemic in the Dominican Republic and has promised to address the crisis. Actions to be taken are detailed in the Inter-sectorial Plan to Prevent Obesity 2017-2021 that was presented by Tomirys Stephan on Tuesday, 26 September 2017. The National Division for the Prevention and Control of Non Transmissible Chronic Diseases prepared the plan. It proposes an increase in recreational spaces in urban areas, to promote increased physical activities in schools, improve access to fresh foods, increase breastfeeding and control the exposure to sugar-based drinks.

Data from the Ministry of Public Health indicates that men from 15 to 49 years are 28.8% overweight. Among men 15 to 19 years, 13.6% are overweight. Among men 20-29 years, 31.7% is obese. Among those 30-39 years, 52.7% is obese, and among those 40-49 years, 57.1% of men are obese. Overall, Ministry of Public health data shows that 50% of women 15 to 49 years are obese.

The principal causes have to do with lifestyle, consumption of foods with high fat, sugar, salt content, as well as sedentary population.

Source: DR1, Sespas

Sep 28, 2017

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