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$158 mil­lion

Money do­nated in 2014 by food com­pa­nies to mem­bers of Brazil’s Na­tional Congress, a three­fold in­crease over 2010.

1.6 Mil­lion

The num­ber of people in Brazil em­ployed by food and bev­er­age con­glom­er­ates, which are re­spon­si­ble for 10 per­cent of the na­tion’s economic out­put.

270 per­cent

The in­crease from 1980 to 2015 in the num­ber of Brazil­ian chil­dren who are obese. In 2015, 9 per­cent of chil­dren in the coun­try were obese, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study by the In­sti­tute for Health Met­rics and Eval­u­a­tion at the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton.


The num­ber of Brazil­ians each year who are di­ag­nosed with Type 2 di­a­betes, a con­di­tion with strong links to obe­sity. The coun­try’s obe­sity rate has nearly dou­bled to 20 per­cent, and the por­tion of people who are over­weight has nearly tripled to 58 per­cent.

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