Sunday , May 29 2022

Shot in obesity



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Mr. Director:

With amazement and concern, we saw Chile in lead in Latin America rates of obesity and overweight in adults, children and the elderly.

A recent report has placed our country as a leader in obesity in terms of female population. For these data, there may be different genotypic explanations, such as the fact that the body of the woman has a higher amount of fat and therefore is metabolically less active than the human body.

Children's case of obesity is worrying because they are our future and we are not able to prepare them for the development of their lifestyle.

As regards the share of children, Chile is the number one country in the OECD in terms of child obesity. As a country, it is estimated that 90% of the population is sedentary, which means that few of our children play in the streets or parks, they almost do not do physical activity and that the physical exercise they do in schools is insufficient.

To this is added the choice of baby food: most are "ultra-processed". While many are "without stamp", they do not have vitamins and minerals.

Did you know that 70% of the source of vitamin D generation is exposure to the sun? Outdoor learning is free, and our children and older adults have deficiencies ranging from 70 to 90% of this vitamin. This shows that we are stuck in obesity.

We must urgently generate more space for outdoor development, enjoy the sun (taking care of the skin) and improve our selection of foods to get out of this confrontation.

Gonzalo Costa L.
academic
School of Nutrition and Dietetics
Finis Terrae University

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