Obesity grew by 36% among health plan users
However, if the data considered all clients who are overweight, the rate would increase to 52.3%. The numbers are present in the new edition of the Vigitel da Saúde Suplementar, a study created to analyze the presence of risk factors for chronic diseases, overweight, eating habits, cigarette consumption and physical activity levels. December 2015, 30,549 people with health insurance were interviewed in all capitals. The data show the need to increase discussion with health insurance agencies to create alternatives to encourage clients to follow healthier living standards.
Users are already looking for positive changes, approximately 43 % practice physical activities for more than 150 minutes per week, an increase of 16% since 2008.
There are other challenges, however, there are still 16% of respondents who say they have not exercised in the last three months. In addition, food remains in crisis, about 24% of users consume sweets more than five days a week, and 27% admit to eating meat with excess fat.
Obesity is a major risk factor for chronic diseases and cardiovascular diseases. People whose body mass index (BMI), which is calculated on the basis of weight and height, is considered to be overweight or equal to 25 kg / m². Already the index for obesity is equal to or greater than 30kg / m².
In recent years overweight has been increasing also in the general population. According to data released by the ministry in 2016, the index was 53%. Experts say that the growth of obesity in the country may be related to increased consumption of processed foods, low stimulus in food education and physical activity.
Currently, there are 1,481 programs for prevention and health promotion by health plan operators. Cheers. These initiatives not only control obesity, but also help combat smoking, stimulate physical exercise, and map disease early.
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