Part of the work of Active Cities´s international certification is to generate
alliances with civil society, companies, medical societies and the partnership
we have established with Novo Nordisk will definitely continue to have
new actions over time

Matías López
Head of the Citizenship Development Department
in the government of the city of Buenos Aires

Matias Lopez





Buenos Aires is the 2nd largest metropolitan area in South America1



More than 1/3 of children are overweight or have obesity2


54.7% of adults in Argentina do not get the recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity3

The diabetes challenge in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina with 14.7 million inhabitants.1 8.2 % of Buenos Aires´s adult population have diabetes or elevated blood glucose levels.2 

Buenos Aires ranks on the 13th place among the biggest urban agglomerations in the world in 2014. It is the second largest metropolitan area in South America.3 

Like other cities, Buenos Aires is growing in size as well as in obesity an overweight, affecting 40% of childhood population.4


Novo Nordisk Argentina joined Cities Changing Diabetes in collaboration with the Citizenship Development Department of Buenos Aires city in April 2018. The partnership will promote actions that contribute to hold the rise of overweight and obesity, with focus on childhood obesity.

Buenos Aires received the Active City certification which works as an important platform for the work to address diabetes, obesity and overweight.


Buenos Aires’ partners

Ciudad Activa: 

Active Cities: 

Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires: 




1. World Population Prospects, 2018 Revision.

2. City of Buenos Aires. Accessed May 2019.

3. United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2015). World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision, (ST/ESA/SER.A/366).

4. Kovalskys, C. Rausch Herscovici, M.J. De Gregorio; Nutritional status of school-aged children of Buenos Aires, Argentina: data using three references, Journal of Public Health, Volume 33, Issue 3, 1 September 2011, Pages 403–411. Study conducted in 2005. Applies to 10-11-year-old children. WHO reference is used.