Brazil hit by obesity epidemic

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SHOTLIST:Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May-August 2012, Source: AFPTV (Access all)SCRIPTRio de Janeiro is known as the home of the body beautiful… and its beaches are packed with people running, cycling and sharing tips for the perfect figure.SOUNDBITE 1 Suede Jr, stylist (6s, Portuguese)“The best way to stay in shape is to drink lots of water and try to eat a balanced diet”A few steps down the beach though it’s not hard to find Brazilians admitting they’re not quite as paragons of healthy livingSOUNDBITE 2, Thamiris de carvalho, 16 (6s, Portuguese“I often have to leave home at 1 and I don’t have time to have lunch so I eat chips because it’s faster”Brazil’s rapid growth has pulled 30 million people out of poverty in the last decade – but with improved living standards have come first world problems – the soaring popularity of cheap fast food, lack of exercise and lack of time to cook. The result: half of Brazilians are overweight, and 16% are obese. Solange is 38 and weighs 123 kilos. She’s been overweight since childhood, and also has diabetes and hypertension. She’s now trying to switch sugar and fats for fruit and veg.“Now that I’m getting used to vegetables, I like them”Solange has a gastric band fitted a few months ago and has since lost 15 out of the 50 kilos she hopes to lose. She says her weight has not only affected her health – but also led to discrimination at work.SOUNDBITE 3 Solange de Gonçalves, (16s, Portuguese)« When I went out, people stared at me in the street. And when I went shopping, nothing I liked would fit… and if you’re looking for work, you’ve got no chance”Stomach surgery is an increasingly popular option for the growing numbers of obese Brazilians – the idea is that by reducing the size of the stomach it helps people feel full more quickly. Surgeon Octavio Falcao does between 30 and ’40 of these operations every month – four times more than ten years ago – and says the average patient will slim to a healthy weight two years after surgery. SOUNDBITE 4 Dr Octavio Falcao, surgeon (23s, Portuguese)«On average, after a bypass, the patient loses 70 or 80% of their excess weight. So if they weigh 150 kilos, they’ll lose 35 or 40. But after the operation, they need follw-up treatment of the rest of their lives, with the surgeon, a endocrinologist, a psychologist and a nutritionist”The Brazilian government is trying to encourage people to change their habits before they get as far as needing a bypass – but if Brazilians continue gaining weight at this rate, policy makers fear they’ll soon have the same obesity rates as the US.= SHOTLIST = SEQUENCE 1 - 27/08/2012- various of people cycling, running and exercising on the beach in Rio de Janeiro-soundbite 1 (18/08/2012)SEQUENCE 2 - 18/08/2012- Young people chatting on the beach-Soundbite 2 (18/08/2012)SEQUENCE 3 - File footage and 27/08/2012- File footage of McDonalds and snack stalls in central Rio - File footage of central Sao Paulo, with a homeless person on the pavement-An overweight woman drinks soda on the beach-various of overweight people on the beach (27/08/2012)- Solange preparing salad in her kitchen (28/08/2012)-UPSOT -Various of Solange on the phone in her kitchen-Soundbite 3SEQUENCE 4 : 09/05/2012, 17/05/2012 and 27/08/2012-various of overweight people on the beach (27/08/2012)- heart rate monitor (17/05/2012)- various of stomach surgery(17/05/2012)- Soundbite 4 (09/05/2012) SEQUENCE 5- Various of overweight people on the beach- File footage of street scenes in Sao Paulo

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