Brazilians ordered to have more sex
High blood pressure? Get on the job
Brazil's health minister has agreeably proposed that more nookie could help the population combat the effects of chronic illness.
José Gomes Temporão used the launch of a campaign to prevent high blood pressure to warn of a health "time bomb" which within 20 years would see a good whack of Brazilians suffering hypertension, runaway cholesterol and diabetes.
He said: "People need to be active. A weekend football game must not be the only physical activity for a Brazilian. Adults need to do exercise: walk, dance and have safe sex."
According to the Telegraph, Temporão was later obliged to defend his plan to journalists. He insisted: "It's not a joke. It's serious. Having regular physical exercises also means sex, always with protection of course."
While Brazilians may well need a bit of a prod to get them off the sofa, it's debatable whether they're slacking in the sack. The population currently stands at around 190 million - something Temporão perhaps had in mind when he cautioned against unprotected rumpa-pumpa. ®