MEXICO CITY – The Secretary of Health of Mexico City, Francisco Osuna Ortega, warned that failure to change the eating habits early in life and adding regular exercise into the daily routine within the next 10 years, will result in 25% of the working age population having diabetes due to overweight and obesity, leading to morbid obesity.
He stated that our generation will end up losing up to 10 years of life expectancy, currently at an average of 75 years of age, will drop to 65 due to diseases related to obesity.
“We need to make create a public awareness, as we did with the Influenza A H1N1 health issue, and we need to address this problem by changing our eating habits and incorporating exercise into our lifestyle.”
Osuna Ortega said that education is the best vaccine against this urgent problem and called for compulsory health studies in schools.
One of the measures taken by health authorities is the removal of junk food in schools.
Reality in Mexico City
- 77% of women between 30 and 35 are overweight.
- 70% of men who are 30 to 35 are obese.
- 4 of every 10 children suffer from this obesity.