Child obesity improving in Portugal but ‘more still to be done’

Child obesity improving in Portugal but ‘more still to be done’

Portugal’s State Secretary for Health has welcomed news that child obesity is dropping in Portugal but said the country cannot “rest on its laurels” in terms of children’s health.

Raquel Duarte said the reduction in overweight children is “good news” but that regional inequities and age differences still need to be addressed. She also called attention to the country’s eating habits, which show that 40 percent of teenagers drink fizzy drinks daily, 20 percent eat too much sugar and more than half of all teenagers fall short on the daily recommended dose of fruit and veg.