Brazil is at risk of becoming a country of obese citizens because of over-consumption of fatty foods and a sedentary lifestyle, Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao warned Tuesday.
"We're sitting on a time bomb that could explode in the next 20 years," he said, according to media reports.
AdvertisementThe rapidly expanding waistlines in Brazil means the country could overtake the United States in terms of excess weight and obesity in the next 12 years, he said.
Temporao said he had delivered a plan to the incoming government of president Dilma Rousseff, who takes charge next month, that includes a public awareness campaign to promote healthy living, and to get the food industry to cut sugar and salt levels in their products.
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