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In Argentina, soon there will be no fatties

August 15 2008
03:51

After six months of debate, the Argentine Government unanimously passed a law on obesity. According to the document, obesity is recognized disease and patients suffering from this illness, can receive adequate medical care (nutritionists, psychologists and even surgeons) in the national health program, govorityas in a statement posted on the website of Ministry of Health of the country.

Within new law stipulates not only treatment patients and creation public funds against problems nutrition but and preventing disease. In particular, manufacturers of high-calorific products are obliged to inform customers that excessive consumption of this product may lead to obesity.

The kiosks are located near the schools should offer students a wide variety of healthful foods. In the national media not allowed to advertise weight-loss diets and ways not approved by the specialists of medical institutions, as well as participation in such advertising persons younger than 21 years. According to experts, the draft law to fight obesity, the consequences of which occupy the second highest mortality rate in the country after heart disease, "reflects the national interests of Argentina."

Apart from obesity to the list of diseases that require specialist assistance, includes, in particular anorexia and bulimia, whose main victims are more likely to be teenagers. Under the new law, the designers allowed to promote excessive thinness as a symbol of beauty and health. According to the Ministry of Health, currently about half of the population suffers from obesity, and if you do not take urgent measures, by 2040 the number of obese people will increase to 80%. On the number of patients with bulimia and anorexia, Argentina ranks second in the world after Japan, according to RIA news .

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