United States no longer the number one fattest country

Armando Antonio, Sports Editor

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The United States is no longer the number one fattest country in the world. Mexico beats the United States with a 32.8 percent obesity rate. However, the United States isn’t far behind in this pound for pound battle, with 31.8 percent of citizens weighing in at an obese level.
Former President Felipe Calderon announced in 2011 that Mexico had the highest rate of obesity for children ages 5 to 19 in the world. Nearly 70 percent of the adults in Mexico are obese, and childhood obesity in the country has tripled within the past decade. This is a health risk for children becoming bigger and the adults exposing themselves to heart disease, cholesterol problems, diabetes, and even death. 70,000 deaths in Mexico each year are caused by weight-related diabetes, and more than 400,000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed yearly.
What Mexicans call  the triple  T, the tacos, tamales and tostadas that anchor their diet, underlies much of the problem. Once reserved for special occasions, the carbohydrate and lard-loaded dishes now are gobbled daily.


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