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Mexico surpasses US as world’s most obese nation

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John DiTraglia MD


Contributing Column


Mexican food is so good. According to a new report by the United Nations, Mexico has surpassed us in obesity. (1)


According to the report, nearly 70 percent of Mexican adults are overweight, and childhood obesity in the country has tripled within the past decade. One-third of Mexican teenagers are also obese.


Overall, 32.8 percent of Mexican adults are considered obese, compared to 31.8 percent of adults in the United States. Nearly 70,000 deaths in Mexico each year are caused by weight-related diabetes, and more than 400,000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed annually.


In the United States (the term “United States” is a presumption because Mexico is the United States of Mexico. Also Mexico is considered part of North America and so calling ourselves Americans is another presumption. But you know what I mean) obesity is more prevalent among poor people. This is also the case in Mexico.


So are they eating too much Mexican food or are they eating more American food? In the southwest of our country, the Pima Indians have sky high rates of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes and that wasn’t the case a long time ago when they were Mexicans.


The World Health Organization recommends:


— Limiting your intake of fats and sugars


— Increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables, as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts


— Engaging in regular physical activity: 60 minutes a day for children and 150 minutes per week for adults


But you all know what I think of that party line.


1. THE STATE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS Rome, 2013 ISSN 0081-4539 www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3300e/i3300e.pdf

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