27/09/2016 07h58 - Updated 27/09/2016 08h10

Proposal provides for obesity prevention program in children

According to Ministry of Health data, the city of Manaus is with 19% its obese population and the rate of those who are overweight in capital, reaches 56%.
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Faced with alarming numbers of the increase in obesity in all age groups of the population manauara, Councilman Ednailson Rozenha (PSDB) presented at City Hall of Manaus (CMM), an indication to the Manaus City Hall requesting the creation of a program for the monitoring and prevention of obesity in children and adolescents through the Municipal Education Network.

According to Ministry of Health data, the city of Manaus is with 19% its obese population and the rate of those who are overweight in capital, reaches 56%. The national average of obese population is 17%. Thinking about that, parliamentary drafted the proposal with the aim of contributing to public policies that help in reducing the numbers.

According to the Association of Amazon Obese (Assoam), among children, the obesity rate reaches 30%. "This clearly means that the future of our children and adolescents are committed and we as elected representatives of the people need to present measures to minimize these problems. The creation of a municipal program in schools is a major step in changing this culture of obesity ", said Rozenha.

In practice

According to the councilman's proposal, the program will combat obesity and bring awareness on the subject, through talks with teachers, doctors and other professionals such as nutritionists, in addition to encouraging physical activity and good nutrition.

The statement calls for the presence of a nutritionist in municipal schools to analyze and oversee the sale of food in canteens and school meals. The program will be conducted periodically in all schools Semed, obeying the schedule to be set by the Secretariat, if heeded the proposal.

Research released last year put Manaus between the capitals of the country with the largest number of overweight adults. The data is the Risk and Protective Factors for Chronic Diseases Surveillance by telephone interviews of 2014 (Vigitel).

"One reason for the growing number of obese patients is poor diet, and lack of physical activity. Many children today are obese adults in the future and we need to change this reality. The Government can do its part with concrete initiatives. I hope our proposal will be adopted as soon as possible and count on the support of my fellow councilors ", He finished the parliamentary.

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