A new law anti-obesity that aims to help against the increasing issue within a healthy weight and body shape of the Andalusian population has been implemented. According to figures provided by the Andalusian Government, 23 percent of the child population and 16.6 percent of adults have an obesity problem.

Andalusia is the first community that will put in order the treatment of obesity with special attention to childhood, adolescence, the elderly and pregnant women; hoping that in the close future the rest of Spanish communities, together with other EU countries, will follow its step.

The new law has been approved on January 9, 2018. In which, they have proposed several measures:

  • Within 2 years the education centres will have to have a minimum of 5 hours per week of physical activity. Likewise, the Board plans to develop active recreation and games, expanding extracurricular activities for the children of younger age.
  • Ensure healthy menus in the cafeterias in schools and they may not exceed 200 kilocalories. This will imply the withdrawal of precooked meals, and at the same time will force serving seasonal food to students.
  • Access to water in public places, children’s and youth leisure centres, as well as the education centres will be free of charge. Together with this, vending machines and sugar-based drinks will be banned from schools.
  • Companies with more than 50 workers will be required to have bicycle parking.
  • Advertising of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children under 15 years of age will be restricted.
  • People who suffer from obesity will have the right to have continuous medical care, encouraging them to seek help and reinforce prevention measures.

In the preparation and drafting of this new law, approximately 250 people have collaborated, among them parents of school centres, scientists and professional associations, businessmen and patient associations.