The world population wants to lose weight

According to the Global Survey on Diets and Healthy Eating, conducted by the consulting company The Nielsen Company Latin America in January this year, more than half of respondents in all regions, except Asia Pacific, declare that they are overweight to a greater or greater extent to a lesser extent. measures.

The second place in Latin America according to the indicator of undernourishment (11%) is mainly occupied by Brazil, where 20% declared themselves undernourished, which puts it in third place in the world ranking. By region – North America, which consists of the United States of America and Canada – has a higher percentage of overweight people, followed by Europe; value driven mostly by Spain. Colombia and Chile have ninth and tenth place in the global Top 10.

A big change, or at least a big awareness of the need to change diet, is happening in all regions of the world on a large scale, 78% on average worldwide say they change their diet to lose weight.

Confirming the above, three Latin countries (Brazil in first place with 64%, Chile in sixth place with 59% and Mexico in eighth place with 58%) are included in the Top 10 of those who have this intention; Thus, Latin America turned out to be the region with the most consumers who are currently trying to lose weight (59%), with nine points more than the world average (50%).

Together with the intention of improving nutrition for weight reduction, the population
the world is moving from a sedentary lifestyle to practicing some physical exercises,
aware of how good it can do for your health. To a much lesser extent, consumers want to lose weight by taking pills, bars or some kind of special drink for this purpose (12% global average and 8% in Latin America).

Likewise, with small percentages, Latin Americans report taking prescription medications more than other countries. The five Latin American countries participating in this survey are included in the top 10 of this variable.

In terms of diet, eating lower-fat foods is the preferred way for consumers to lose weight (69% global average, 73% Latin America). Less sweets and foods containing sugar is another option for consumers to reduce body weight (64% global average, 71% Latin America). And the third option mentioned by consumers, mostly Latin American, is the return to fresh and natural food (53% world average, 65% Latin America).

Another significant percentage does not think about changing the diet, but only about the amount (46% world average, 42% Latin America). A smaller number believe that eating less processed food can help them lose weight (29% global average, 32% Latin America). The “Atkins” diet, a special weight loss plan based on low carbohydrates and high fat, is also considered by a smaller percentage of respondents (7% world average), with greater importance in the Asia-Pacific region (12%), followed by North America (6% ) and developing countries (5%).

There is a significant percentage of people who declare that they do not exercise or do very little (45% of respondents). The majority of the population concentrates on exercising only once or twice a week (30%), which implies better work on raising the awareness of the population to increase the time spent on exercise. A smaller percentage play sports or exercise more regularly (20% worldwide), mostly in North America (31%), and only 10% of the population exercises daily on average.

Walking is the overwhelmingly preferred exercise for respondents, mostly from Latin America (47%) and North America (46%), well above the world average of 38%. Brazil (53%) and Venezuela (49%), Latin countries that stand out for their taste for walking.

Although running is the second most preferred form of exercise (13% world average), it is far below the percentage of walking. For its part, the Asia-Pacific region is the region with the most running followers (16%). To a lesser extent, respondents prefer to exercise indoors: Latin America is in first place (13%).


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