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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mexico, in midst of obesity crisis, promotes exercise, creation of more parks and healthier eating habits

     Tijuana's El Mexicano newspaper editorialized on Tuesday about how Mexico's three levels of government are working to reduce obesity and its concomitant health problems for the country.

     It noted that the head of the National Sports Commission, Jesús Mena Campos, was in town Monday to promote the "Ponte al 100" program designed to get Mexicans to evaluate their physical condition and then work to improve it ("Get yourself to 100%"). The program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation.

     Meanwhile, the Baja California state government has the ActiBC program, designed to provide more public areas for people to be able to exercise. The editorial noted that Gov. Francisco Vega promised to lose two kilos (4.4 pounds) in two months.

     The paper said Mexico has the second-worst rate of obesity in the world and the worst when it comes to child obesity.

      The editorial said Tijuana and other places have a long way to go in providing safe green spaces for the public to exercise. It said promoting exercise could wind up having tremendous savings when it comes to health-care costs, such as treating hypertension and diabetes.

Editorial, El Mexicano (PDF).
Stories, El Mexicano (PDF).
Ponte al 100 website.
FAO report on world obesity (PDF).

Update, March 27: National statistics agency INEGI says 56.4% of urban population over 18 does not exercise. Story in Frontera (PDF).