And the Title of the World’s Most Obese Nation Goes to…. Mexico!

Mexico Obese Nation

“We’re #2, we’re #2!” Americans everywhere shouted as Mexico waddled past them to take over the title as the world’s most obese nation.

According to United Nations report released Tuesday, Mexico is now the leader in obesity rates – out of populous countries. If it were out of any old country, the South Pacific ones would definitely win. Those are some obese islanders!

Anyway, the report details how nearly 33 percent of Mexicans are now obese and 70 percent are overweight (don’t worry Americans – you’re not far behind at 32%! – just keep piling it in!) Childhood obesity is especially rough in Mexico – it has tripled within the past decade. Diabetes is also a huge problem with 70,000 deaths in each year caused by weight-related diabetes and more than 400,000 new cases diagnosed annually. The weight crisis disproportionately affects the young and the poor.

‘The same people who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese,’ said physician Abelardo Avila with Mexico’s National Nutrition Institute.

‘In the poor classes we have obese parents and malnourished children. The worst thing is the children are becoming programmed for obesity. It’s a very serious epidemic.’

Why do Mexicans keep eating and eating? For starters, the country’s restaurant culture promotes foods that are fried and high in calories. Fast food chains have spread rapidly since the early 1990s. Then there’s also the money issue: healthier options tend to be pricier. And of course, the Coca Cola addiction.

‘Because of a lack of money and food, people go for more energy-intense foods. These are often high in sugar or fat. People drink Coca Cola as if it was water in order to have the energy to carry on – and so many of the foods are rich in carbs, are full of cheese or are fried,” Mexican resident Sally Neiman says.

‘There is no control in schools to what kids eat this days, it is normal to see a kid having a soda for breakfast and eating ‘comida chatarra’ (junk food), it is allowed to be sold in schools.’

‘There really is no clear information on nutritional facts in this country and people with poor education are not aware of the risks. They believe the energy a Coke or a fatty food will bring to them is beneficial in order to help them get through the day.’

Mexicans do get their fill of Vitamin T though: tacos, tamales and tostadas.

Wait a minute…I think I know what’s happening here… it’s not the tacos or the tostadas, it’s that only the fit Mexicans are able to jump the barbed wire immigration fence into Arizona! All the fat Mexicans are left behind, driving up the obesity rate and all the fit Mexicans are living it up migrant worker style!

Via: CBS News

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