Mexico Overtakes America as Fattest Nation

Wednesday, 10 Jul 2013 01:46 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Finally some good news for America in its ongoing battle of the bulge: Mexico has moved into first place on the list of the world's most-obese developed nations.

According to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly a third of Mexican adults, or 32.8 percent, are considered obese, defined as having an adult body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above.

America still tips the scale at a close second, with 31.8 percent of adults defined as obese. Then comes Syria, weighing in at 31.6 percent, while Venezuela and Libya tie for fourth place at a hefty 30.8 percent.

"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 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," she said.

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

The world's fattest nation overall is Nauru, a South Pacific island where 71.1 percent of its 10,000 population is obese.

Though the report didn't include data for American Samoa, in the past it ranked as the world's fattest locale. According to a 2010 World Health Organization report, 95 percent of the country's inhabitants were considered overweight


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