Brazilian Government Spends R$488 Million on Obesity Programs per Year

Posted on March 20, 2013 • Filed under: Brazil, Culture, Health

On March 19, 2013, O Estado de São Paulo reported that a study done at the University of Brasília showed that the Brazilian government spends around R$488 million on average on health programs targeted towards obesity.  Data was analyzed surrounding medium and high risk treatment cases involving 26 diseases associated with obesity, such as heart disease and diabetes.  The 2011 data showed that the majority of the spending went towards doctor’s visits, at about R$289 million.  Health Minister Alexandre Padilha said Tuesday that it is time for Brazil to adopt “global actions” to target the epidemic.  Read Article

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