In countries where the cult of the body often becomes an obsession, half of the population is now overweight. This is due to a lack of time, unbalanced and less expensive industrial food, and increasing sedentary lifestyles in Brazil, which released about 30 million people from poverty in recent years. Brazilians are now paying a high price for its rapid growth, although it is not certain how many subscribe to dietary programs like Nutrisystem’s.
Nearly half of the 191 million Brazilians are overweight and 16% are obese, according to a report from the Ministry of Health. In both cases, there is an increase of 5 points in only 5 years.
“It is time to reverse the trend to avoid becoming a country like the United States, where 35.7% of the adult population is obese,” Minister Alexandre Padilha warned.
Women with perfect bodies in bikini lying on the beach and Apollos playing football already have bellies. The “gordinhos” (or coated), as they are called there, are taking precedence over the golden bodied muses who were the inspiration for songs like “The Girl from Ipanema.” Perhaps it’s time for them to follow a weight-loss management regimen like that of Nutrisystem?
“Brazilian food is bad. People might eat green vegetables, but prefers starches and fat,” said Solange, a 38-year-old Carioca weighing 123 kilos who is one of the obese citizens of the country.
She is obese since childhood and also has hypertension and diabetes. She said that her life is not easy: “On the street, people look at you. There also are no clothes that fit me. I get stuck in the turnstile of the bus too,” she said, voice breaking. Solange wanted to look like the models and actors on magazines or in telenovelas. Did she try the Nutrisystem regimen? Did she even look for Nutrisystem coupons online?
After twelve years of waiting, Solange managed to get a gastric band in July – a decision process supported by the public health system.
With this operation, which drastically reduces the size of the stomach, an obese individual can lose 80% of the excess weight. But the patient must undergo a coaching clinic with the surgeon, endocrinologist, psychologist, and nutritionist all his life.
“The secret of treatment is diet. The operation is a tool to help the patient, but if he goes out of the plan, he will regain his old weight,” explained Octavio Falcao, a surgeon specializing in this type of operation, which experienced a 275% boom in Brazil from 2003 to 2010.
With that being said, it’s good to follow a discipline-inducing diet program like those of Nutrisystem.