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Mexico Declares Public Health Emergency over Rapid Increase in Obesity and Diabetes

Mexico has declared a public health emergency over the rapid increase in obesity and diabetes

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India with 14.4 million had the second highest number of obese children in 2015. Pixabay

Mexico City, Nov 15, 2016: Mexico has declared a public health emergency over the rapid increase in obesity and diabetes.

According to health officials, the decision was made after the National Institute of Statistics and Geography confirmed that between 2014 and 2015 the number of people who died of diabetes rose by more than 4,000, Xinhua news agency reported.

In that period, diabetes-related deaths increased from 94,000 to 98,450, the Health Ministry announced.

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At a press conference on Monday, Deputy Minister of Health Pablo Kuri said the statistics led officials to take the unprecedented measure.

“It is the first time we have declared a health emergency over a disease that is not contagious, and we declared two, one for obesity and excess weight, and another for diabetes,” said Kuri.

In 1980, 14,626 people in Mexico died of diabetes, showing the ailment spiked in the past 35 years, with more than 7 million Mexicans, or about 9 percent of the population, now suffering from the affliction.

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Health Minister Jose Narro blamed a change in the Mexican diet and lack of exercise for the country’s obesity and diabetes epidemics.

“In 35 years, genetics did not change. What changed was the lifestyle of Mexicans,” Narro said

The health emergency calls for local, state and federal governments to work together to design and launch more effective prevention measures and awareness campaigns, among other steps. (IANS)

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Ministries of Health and Sports Collaborate to Promote “Fit India” Movement

On the occasion, the Union Sports Minister said: "The thrust for popularising the 'Fit India Movement' shall now see convergence of activities of both the ministries

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The Sports ministry will engage with all institutions of the Health Ministry along with other medical institutions and organisations such as IMA to create nationwide consciousness about fitness and wellness. Wikimedia Commons

The Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju jointly announced on Friday that their respective ministries will now cooperate under a framework for greater visibility and synergy in popularising fitness among various age groupsin the country.

“Synergetic nationwide activities of the two ministries will be organised soon for fitness and wellness under the Fit India Movement” Harsh Vardhan said.

“The ministry will engage with all institutions of the Health Ministry along with other medical institutions and organisations such as IMA to create nationwide consciousness about fitness and wellness,” he added.

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The Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju jointly announced on Friday that their respective ministries will now cooperate under a framework for greater visibility and synergy in popularising fitness among various age groupsin the country. Wikimedia Commons

On the occasion, the Union Sports Minister said: “The thrust for popularising the ‘Fit India Movement’ shall now see convergence of activities of both the ministries as the goal of this national movement is to encourage people towards positive, preventive and promotive health and wellness.”

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“Even simple actions such as walking, cycling, stretching during our office and work hours, along with gyming and jogging help in keeping us fit and healthy,” Rijiju added. (IANS)