One in every two born after 2010 will develop diabetes throughout his life in Mexico and the trend is the same in Latin American countries, said a representative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
“It is a regional problem, we are talking about Mexico, because it is the most representative country, but in all Latin American countries the statistics are the same and, if urgent prevention measures are not taken, this will continue to be a public health problem”, noted Dr. Miguel Malo
This, he said, is worrying because, according to the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), schools can be an ideal setting to promote good eating habits for children but they are not, they are also promoters of ultra-processed foods , said Malo.
As an example, he explained that although in Mexico four years ago the sale of sugary drinks and junk food in schools was prohibited, 63% of the beverages offered in the educational centers are still sweetened and 51% of the food is ultra processed.
Physical activity is another of the pillars to combat overweight, obesity and diabetes , however, due to the high levels of insecurity in Latin America, children tend to become less active each time.
According to the International Index of Internal Security and Police of the International Association of Police Sciences and the Institute for Economics and Peace, Latin America is the third most insecure region in the world, surpassed only by sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.