In Peru, 35% of people aged 15 and above are overweight; while 18.3% have obesity, a disease that has become a serious public health problem.
According to bariatric and metabolic surgery medical specialist Antonio Lahoud, over half of Peruvians have this illness, which is accompanied by chronic conditions.
Metabolic syndrome (hypertension, increased lipids and sugar in the blood), diabetes, as well as pancreas, prostate, and breast cancer, are among the diseases linked to obesity.
Likewise, there is an increased risk of heart-attacks in men, varicose veins, sleep apnea, infertility, knee and hip arthrosis, spinal hernia, and low self-esteem.
Therefore, it is important to promote healthy dietary habits among the population, which will result in an improvement in the quality life of adults and will encourage good dietary habits among children.
People who are overweight or obese —due to a poor diet— will accumulate excessive quantity of fat in their bodies, which will generate greater deterioration of the organs that could reduce years of life.