New study shows Brazil losing battle of the bulge

Jun 22, 2010
A couple walks on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Monday, June 21, 2010. A government study says the South American country known for its bikinis is expanding at the waistline. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

(AP) -- Brazilians are battling the bulge.

A government study says the South American country known for its bikinis is expanding at the waistline.

The Health Ministry notes that in 2009, 46.6 percent of Brazil's 190 million people were overweight. That's up from 42.7 percent in 2006.

The rate of obesity also rose, from 11.4 percent in 2006 to 13.9 percent in 2009.

The study released Monday is based on interviews with 54,000 adults. The result: 51 percent of men and 42.3 percent of women are overweight.

The study blamed poor , lack of exercise and genetics.

is still slim, however, compared to the , where a recent study showed 68 percent of the population was overweight.

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RobertKarlStonjek
not rated yet Jun 25, 2010
If you suffered a medical condition such that food would be placed directly into your stomach via a tube, would you feed the tube chocolate, cake, fast food, coke, sweet things and nibbles? Or would you just feed the tube the balanced diet that would make your body feel fit and comfortable?

The difference between the diet you would feed your tube and the diet you have now is the difference between what your mind wants and what your body needs...but it all ends up in the same stomach...