People walking in the Center of Campo Grande (Photo: Publicity | MS Government)

A survey also shows that 36.6% of the state population is obese

People walking in the Center of Campo Grande (Photo: Publicity | MS Government)

Seven out of ten people are overweight in Mato Grosso do Sul, is what a survey released by SES (Secretary of State for Health) points out. The number represents 69.3% of the state population, that is, 1.9 million inhabitants of the state.

In addition, the study shows that 36.6% are obese, which represents just over 1 million people. According to an estimate by the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) for 2020, the state has 2,839,188 inhabitants.

For the state secretary of Health, Geraldo Resende, this high rate of obesity has been one of the biggest problems in the SUS (Unified Health System).

“The high prevalence of obesity is a risk factor for the development of CNCDs (Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases) and is also associated with loss of quality of life due to poor diet. On the other hand, malnutrition, resulting from the lack of access to food and poor nutrition, has also caused concern”, declared Resende.

According to a study by the Ministry of Health, in 2019, 63% of people assisted in PHC (Primary Health Care) in Brazil are overweight and 28.5% were obese. It is estimated that in the country, premature deaths from CNCDs correspond to 74% of deaths registered in the country.

In MS, the current scenario is that seven out of ten people are overweight and three with some degree of obesity. For the nutritionist at GEAN (State Management of Food and Nutrition), Anderson Holsbach, poor diet has had a direct impact on health-related problems.

“Poor diet has a greater negative impact on people’s health, when compared to smoking, alcohol, pollution and drugs. That is why it is important to highlight programs and policies that provide access to healthy eating, since improvements in the population’s diet could prevent 1 in 5 deaths in the world”, said Anderson.

In addition, Holsbach explained that last year in Mato Grosso do Sul 15.9% of children under 5 years of age attended at the PHC were overweight, between 5 and 9 years the percentage was 31.8%.

“Of these, 7.4% and 15.8%, respectively, were obese according to BMI (Body Mass Index) for age. As for adolescents, 31.9% and 12.0% were overweight and obese, respectively.”, said the nutritionist.

During the pandemic, R$ 14 million were sent by the federal government to the State for programs to fight obesity. Currently, the State has the following programs: Grow Healthy, Protect, PSE (School Health Program) and Health Academies.

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