News Life and Health30 Jul 2018

South Korea:Govt takes steps to reduce obesity

30 Jul 2018

The South Korean government aims to lower the population's average obesity rate by implementing measures in the four areas of nutrition, exercise, obesity treatment and improved awareness.

In order to make this happen, medical consultations and surgical procedures to treat obesity will be covered by public health insurance. Starting in November this year, public health insurance will cover surgical procedures that are performed to aid patients suffering from obesity, reports Korea Bizwire.

In addition, a new health incentive system will be introduced, rewarding citizens who take good care of their physical well-being.

Food-tasting TV programmes will be monitored by the government so that they do not lead to binge eating by the public at large.

The Ministry of Health and Welfare is working with nine other government agencies on the national obesity management measures.

According to the OECD, the proportion of highly obese individuals in South Korea is expected to rise from 5.3% of the population in 2016 to 9% in 2030.


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