Overweight Mexicans attend the World Summit against Obesity, in Mexico City, in 2009 via Global Post

The United States was once known as the fattest country in the world. From the fast food restaurants on every corner, to vending machines in schools, it really was looking bleak there for a moment.

Well, move over bacon, there’s now a meatier country.

In a report released last month, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) found Mexico has a 32.8% adult obesity rate, surpassing the U.S. at 31.8%. That slight percentage is a big deal. Pun intended.  According to a Global Post report, about 70% of Mexico’s population is either overweight or obese, and one in six suffers from diabetes, which kills around 70,000 people a year.

That’s a lot of burritos and tacos, right Target?

Who’s to blame for Mexico’s obesity?  It’s a two fold issue.  First there’s the issue with malnutrition. Then the issue with processed foods. Because processed foods are always cheaper they’re easier to obtain, but the lack of nutrients aid in malnutrition and widens the waistline.

“The same people who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese,” said Abelardo Avila, a physician 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,” he told the Global Post.

Many people also blame the popularity of US fast food restaurants that invaded the country in the 1990s. The Global post also reported that many complain that fresh produce, fish and other nutritious foods are often too expensive for poor households, especially since nearly 50% of Mexicans live in poverty.

 

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  • Mademoiselle

    Tearing others down to lift ourselves up. Smh. So what, Mexico’s fatter. What would it matter if all the rest of the world surpassed our fatness? That doesn’t mean we’re doing any better than before, but I guess as long as misery has company, we feel better about ourselves.

    • Jalesa Montez

      So stating the truth is tearing someone down?

      It was an informational news post…

      Jeesh.

  • Mademoiselle

    @Jalesa Montez
    The title of the article is “Congratulations to the U.S.” and is at the expense of someone else being fatter, not something the U.S. has done to improve itself. That absolutely is tearing someone else down to feel better about ourselves.

    • Jalesa Montez

      Clearly you know nothing about being facetious or satirical.

    • Mademoiselle

      First you say it’s fact-based, now it’s satire? What’s facetious about another country suffering from ailments that we haven’t even figured out how to solve for ourselves? It’s more like mocking others from the inside of our glass house.

  • BeanBean

    Tag you’re it Mexico, next it will be Canada. Then we will have the North American Trinity of Obesity. The fact is the diet in Mexico is very similar to the diet in the US. Both countries have significant poor population that cannot afford healthy food, and do not have access to safe parks, or health care. The only way to fix this is to fix the lifestyle. Unfortunately that costs money, and the government (US/MEX) don’t have or aren’t wiling to spend the money! More obesity means higher rates of preventative diseases and lower life expectancy.

  • LuvB

    We need to change the language around obesity. So many people say they are proud of their fat body. Ok, fine but there are real consequences to being fat: diabetes and heart disease. Two diseases killing a lot of black and hispanic people. We need to stop. Let’s examine what our children are eating. I know I gained a ton of weight when I lost my job and had to eat stuff from value menus. Once I got back to work, I was ok again. Obesity is related to poverty. Obesity is not cute. That is not fat shaming, that is a true hard fact. I know how hard it is, believe me. It took me years to claim my body again but let’s not pretend. obesity is a killer for black people.