Following my post http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/food-security-in-mexico-1...
I found an interesting new about the costs of obesity for the health system in Mexico: http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/666157.html?awesm=fbshare.me_AK2BS
. It's in Spanish so I'll translate some key facts:
- 9% of the money used in health by the public health system is used in obesity related illness in Mexico. This means 0.5% of the GNP
- Obesity has caused an increase in diabetes which is now the first death cause in Mexico (honestly hard to believe I'm guessing ill-related deaths although it's not clear in the new)
- Health Secretary is working with the Education Secretary to increase physical activity at schools and to provide healthy food in schools
- Health Secreatary is trying to decrease the amount of salt in restaurant's food. If salt consumption was reduced by 40%, 17,000 lives would be saved each year