South Korea pays for gyms for overweight children

South Korea are planning to help overweight children to lose weight by paying for their memberships in gyms, health clubs and other activities.

The rate of childhood obesity had tripled over the past three years in South Korea due to a changing diet higher in fatty foods and a more sedentary lifestyle.

Children whose body mass index indicates obesity will be able to receive up to $33.60 a month to help them bring their weight down.

Health ministry official Chun Myung said:

“Kids won’t be able to waste the money on eating sweets. We will give them electronic vouchers that can only be used in designated places.”

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Source: Reuters