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Mexico beats USA! Fat bastard report out from U.N.

By April Neale Jul 9, 2013, 23:41 GMT

Mexico beats USA! Fat bastard report out from U.N.

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Hey America, looking good!

Our southern neighbor Mexico? Not so much. Hold those tortillas and queso mi amigos, y'alls waistlines are obscene.

According to a new report from the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, Mexico beat the USA for the title of fattest of the fat bastards, save for the Samoans and other Pacific Islanders who tuck into SPAM.

Nearly a third of Mexican adults (32.8 percent) are considered obese—people aged 20 and older whose body mass index (BMI) is 30 and above. That edges the United States, where 31.8 percent of American adults are considered obese.

Syria at 31.6 percent, is the third fattest among developed countries, while Venezuela and Libya are tied for fourth at 30.8 percent.

Mexico's urban lifestyle and rising income levels, coupled with malnourishment among the country's poor, have helped it claim this unhealthy title.

“The same people who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese,” Abelardo Avila, a physician with Mexico's National Nutrition Institute, told the Global Post. “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.”

Type 2 Diabetes is a stone cold killer in Mexico, as 70,000 people bite the dust annually thanks to that preventable disease.

About 12 percent of the world's total population is obese, according to the U.N. report.

Interestingly, the world's fattest nation overall is Nauru, a South Pacific island where 71.1 of is 10,000 inhabitants are obese.

The U.N. report does not include data for American Samoa, which has been tabbed in the past as the world's fattest. According to a 2010 World Health Organization report, early all of that Pacific island's inhabitants (95 percent) are considered overweight.


 



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