Gov't Launches Battle Against Obesity

  • By Son Ho-young

    July 27, 2018 13:26

    The government has come up with a wide-ranging campaign against obesity, including giving incentives to people to lose weight and cracking down on TV shows that might encourage binge eating.

    The government on Thursday announced measures to rein in rising obesity rates until 2022.

    The Ministry of Health and Welfare will give incentives like free gym coupons and healthcare vouchers to people who score points on healthy habits and health management.

    The project will be implemented on a trial basis for three years from next year and will benefit everyone from 2022.

    TV commercials and programs like food shows where guests demonstrate their feats of gorging will also be censored and banned completely after 11 p.m. The government also hopes for the cooperation of internet portals to control web content.

    TV and radio commercials for fattening foods are already restricted between 5 and 7 p.m., when children are the main audience.

    Slimming surgery will be covered by health insurance from November this year. The Korean Society for the Study of Obesity recognizes three types of surgery that can effectively reduce obesity -- gastric bands, gastric bypass, and sleeve gastrectomy.  

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