Mexico launched Friday the first virtual nutrition training center in Latin America, which will guide the work being done to correct "the problems of overweight and obesity that prevail among the country's childhood population."
The federal health department said in a communique that the center has been founded to "train in the field of nutrition" the physicians studying at the National Pediatrics Institute, or INP.
"By training at this center, residents will acquire the necessary knowledge about the best nutrients and foods for a premature or newborn baby, or for a preschooler," INP Director General Alejandro Serrano Sierra said during the presentation of the center.
He added that "scientific evidence shows that not adequately managing the feeding of a premature baby or a tot with cancer, HIV or diabetes, among other infirmities, could put it at risk for developing future obesity."
The new center "is equipped with simulators, computerized devices and baby models, with which doctors can put into practice different nutritional plans both for healthy infants and for those suffering serious diseases," the note said.
The launch of the center is part of the National Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Overweight, Obesity and Diabetes.
More than 32 percent of Mexicans suffer from obesity, compared with 24 percent in 2000, and almost a third of the children are overweight or suffer from obesity, according to figures from 2012. EFE