Although, for many people, being fat is a sign of good nutrition and a healthy life, experts believe that overweight on people is considered a big risk to both physical and mental health.
Guayaquilean cardiologist Robert Lecaro calls this condition “the big belly disease”.
“It is synonymous with damage. It means there is more fat in the blood, more diabetes, more hypertension, more heart attacks, more strokes and more deaths.”
An important physical feature in citizens of Guayaquil are the big bellies, to what Lecaro says: “The bigger the belly, the more harmful fat this person has and also more risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes.
According to the Study of Prevalence of Hypertension of 2012, three out of ten people are hypertensive in Ecuador and a person dies in the country every 30 minutes because of a cardiovascular disease.
In this city, studies have shown that this condition affects the inhabitants of economic comfort zones, as the poor ones.