Three out of 10 adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean have obesity: UNICEF

In Latin America the problem of childhood obesity and in adolescents it has grown exponentially, warned UNICEF, since at least three out of 10 adolescents have obesity, health condition between the ages of 5 to 19 years of age.

Jean Gough, UNICEF director for the Latin American and Caribbean region indicates that after a year and a half of the pandemic, obesity has skyrocketed because eating healthy has become more difficultas many parents have lost their income and the price of food has risen.

School closures also left millions of children without the opportunity to receive school meals and spaces for doing physical activity.

At least 7.5 percent of children under 5 years of age in Latin America and the Caribbean were overweight well above the percentage of the global average of 5.7%.

Unicef ​​indicates that the main cause of overweight and obesity in children is the frequent consumption of ultra-processed foods, sugary drinks and lack of physical activity.

“The pandemic has taught us the importance of taking care of our health and that of our families. The context of Covid-19 represents a window of opportunity to prevent overweight from early childhood and throughout life, “added Gough.

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