Current Obesity Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 97–104 | Cite as

Obesity Prevention: Strategies and Challenges in Latin America

  • Louise CominatoEmail author
  • Georgia Finardi Di Biagio
  • Denise Lellis
  • Ruth Rocha Franco
  • Marcio Correa Mancini
  • Maria Edna de Melo
Obesity Prevention (A Must, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Obesity Prevention


Purpose of Review

The purpose of this study is to present changes of policies and norms aimed to reduce obesity levels that have been adopted in some Latin American countries.

Recent Findings

The global increase of the excess weight within the population has been demanding governmental actions aimed at preventing health impacts generated by obesity. Over recent years, many Latin American countries have established a number of regulations aimed at reducing weight in the population using interventions that could effectively prevent childhood obesity, including the taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), increasing physical activity in open spaces, and, especially, front-of-package labeling.


Some strategies are part of the Action Plan for Prevention of Child and Adolescence Obesity signed by all countries in Latin America, which currently have among the highest prevalence of childhood obesity in the world. Among them are the implementation of fiscal policies on energy-dense and nutrient-poor foods and taxes on SSBs; improvements in nutrition labeling, highlighting the front-of-package (FOP) labeling to promote the choice of healthier products at the time of purchase; and promotion of an active lifestyle, such as encouraging the use of bicycle paths or physical activity programs at school. The real impact of these prevention strategies implemented in Latin America on the prevalence of obesity is still unknown.


Obesity, prevention Chronic disease, non-communicable Meals Fast food Physical activity School health services Schools, public health Food labeling 


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Conflict of Interest

Louise Cominato, Georgia Finardi Di Biagio, Denise Lellis, Ruth Rocha Franco, Marcio Correa Mancini, and Maria Edna de Melo declare they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louise Cominato
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Georgia Finardi Di Biagio
    • 3
    • 4
  • Denise Lellis
    • 3
    • 5
  • Ruth Rocha Franco
    • 1
    • 3
  • Marcio Correa Mancini
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Maria Edna de Melo
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Pediatric Endocrinology Unit of the Children’s Institute of the Medicine FacultyUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Brazilian Association for the Study of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome (ABESO)São PauloBrazil
  3. 3.São PauloBrazil
  4. 4.League of Childhood Obesity of the Hospital das Clínicas of the Faculty of MedicineUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  5. 5.Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome Group of the Hospital das Clínicas, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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