Puerto Vallarta Below Average in Childhood Obesity

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June 14, 2017


Noting that at the moment he did not have the exact statistical data, Director of the VIII Sanitary Jurisdiction, Jaime Alvarez Zayas, pointed out that Puerto Vallarta is slightly below the national average in cases of childhood obesity, a disease that carries another series of suffering such as diabetes and hypertension.

It was pointed out by the doctor during the certification of the Jardin de Ninos Kindergarten that he noted it was a healthy school at an event held on Monday morning at the institution located in Las Juntas.

"Fortunately, here in Puerto Vallarta, we are below the national average. However, as a country and as a state, we are first and second in terms of childhood obesity and even though we are a little below the average, it is not good enough and we need to work hard in reducing the rates of obesity," said the doctor.

He stated that only a few cases of Type 2 diabetes have been detected and made it clear that there are two types of diabetes. Type 1 normally occurs from birth as there is a defect in insulin production by the pancreas. Type 2 was normally referred to as an adult problem when the pancreas slowly reduces the production of insulin until it stops producing it, but that is happening with the children now.

He continued that it is very important to work with the children since prevention measures were not presented in the past. There is a higher risk today because of the popularity of the internet and television where the children are spending more and more hours instead of going outside to play and getting needed exercise.

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