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08/17/2011 04:23 pm ET | Updated May 07, 2013

Could Half Of The People Of Paraguay Be Obese And Not Know It?

Fox News Latino:

An estimated 50 percent of the population in Paraguay is obese and many of them don't even know it, the Ministry of Health said Wednesday.

In an interview with UltimaHora.com in Paraguay, Dr. Gilda Benítez, of the Center for Diabetes and Obesity, urged people to change their eating habits noting that 30 percent of Paraguay's adult population older than 20 years is obese.

Furthermore, in an interview with radio station Monumental 1080, Benitez reported that obese children and adolescents aged 8 to 18 accounted for another 20 percent, bringing the number of obese Paraguayans to 50 percent of the total population in this South American country.

She also argued the awareness of the extent of the problem is a precondition to finding a solution.

"We need to change our eating habits," Benítez said in a follow-up interview with UltimaHora.com. It is recommended that people eat five (5) servings of fruits and vegetables each day, however, Benítez said that according to a survey, 80 percent of the population does not eat fruit or vegetables.

She spoke of the importance of the government reaching agreements with fast food resaurants to ensure that they are including healthy alternatives on the menu.

People need to learn how to choose.

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CORRECTION: This article has been edited to better present the source and math which postulates that 50 percent of Paraguayans are obese. The headline also misidentified the country in question as Peru.