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Brazilian Obesity Prevention and Control Initiatives

09 Sep 2013


Obesity prevalence in the Brazilian adult population is 12.5 percent among men and 16.9 percent among women. Obesity control has been a subject of concern in Brazilian health policies since the publication of the National Food and Nutrition Policy (NFNP) in 1999. The initiatives include a comprehensive national intersectorial plan for obesity prevention and control focused on confronting its social and environmental causes, development of a food and nutrition education framework aimed at intersectorial public policies in the food and nutritional security field, promotion and provision of healthy food in school environments (linked to family farming), structuring nutrition actions in primary health care in the national health care system, promoting community physical activity, food regulation and control, and encouragement of public participation and food control. We conclude that several initiatives have been developed in Brazil to deal with the challenge of implementing an intergovernmental, intersectorial response to reverse the rising overweight and obesity rates. The success of this response will depend on a governance model that promotes joint and integrated action by different sectors and active participation of society to consolidate the actions, places, and laws that protect health and promote healthy lifestyles.

9 September 2013

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Obesity Reviews