Jan 13 2005

Fat Brazilians?

Published by at January 13, 2005 7:30 am under Global Culture,Globalization

Fat Brazilians? In a body-conscious society whose gifts to global culture include the girl from Ipanema, the tanga bikini and Gisele Bündchen and other supermodels, the idea seems heretical. Yet a controversial government study released late last month confirms it: Brazil is experiencing an epidemic of obesity.

According to the report, conducted by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics and issued right as summer arrived and people began flocking to the beaches in skimpy clothing, just over 40 percent of Brazil’s adult population is overweight. Overall, 1 adult in 10, or more than 10 million people, are obese, by international standards, compared with fewer than four million who were deemed to be undernourished.

Read more

One response so far

One Response to “Fat Brazilians?”

  1. […] globally influential newspaper’s coverage has faced heavy scrutiny by local media. The Jan. 13 story by correspondent Larry Rohter was based on a government study that said […]