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FIFA 11 for Health in Mexico: a school-based intervention for the prevention of obesity and non-communicable diseases
  1. Javier A Barriguete Melendez1,
  2. J Dvorak2,
  3. JA Córdova Villalobos3,
  4. M Juan Lopez4,
  5. Javier Davila Torres5,
  6. J Compeán Palacios6,
  7. JC Valdés-Olmedo7,
  8. A Junge2,
  9. CW Fuller2
  1. 1Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición, Mexico City, Mexico
  2. 2FIFA - Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC), Zurich, Switzerland
  3. 3Medicine National Academy, Mexico City, Mexico
  4. 4Ministry of Health, Secretario de Salud, Mexico City, Mexico
  5. 5Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), Mexico, Mexico
  6. 6Mexican Football Federation (FMF), Mexico, Mexico
  7. 7Mexican Health Foundation (FUNSALUD), Mexico City, Mexico
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jiri Dvorak, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, FIFA-Strasse 20, P.O. Box 8044, Zurich, Switzerland; jiri.dvorak{at}

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Currently, in all regions of the world apart from Africa, more deaths are linked to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) than communicable diseases (WHO, 2010). Being overweight is a major contributory risk factor for NCDs such as high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and type II diabetes. Of the six WHO-designated regions, the Region of the Americas has the highest prevalence (>60%) of overweight adults (aged 20+ years). Mexico is no exception—the proportion of Mexican adults who are overweight or obese has increased from 61.8% in 2000 to 69.7% in 2006 to 71.2% in 2012.1 The prevalence of overweight and obese adolescents is, however, of even greater concern; for example, the prevalence of overweight and obesity among girls (12–19 years old) has grown rapidly in less than 30 years; in this period, the prevalence has more than tripled, rising from 11.1% in 1988 to 28.3% in 1999 to 33.4% in 2006, and is now standing at 35.8% in 2012.2 This situation sent strong alarm bells to the Government and Ministry of Health in Mexico …

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