America Second after Mexico Becomes Worlds Fattest Country
No longer considered the “World’s Fattest Developed Country”, America has a little less weight to bear.
A recent study confirms that Mexico has surpassed the United States to become the “World’s Fattest Developed Country”. Released by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, the study found:
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 out the United States, where 31.8 percent of American adults are considered obese
Malnourishment in the poorer communities of Mexico is believed to be a partial cause of the increased obesity rates. Abelardo Avila, a physician with Mexico’s National Nutrition Institute, believes:
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.
Overall, the United Nations reports that about 12% of the world’s population is obese.
Obesity rates for American Samoa,considered in the past to be the worlds fattest country, are not included in the U.N. report. In a 2010 study, the World Health Organization discovered:
Nearly all of the Pacific island’s inhabitants (95 percent) are considered overweight
Weighing in with an obesity rate of only 4.5% makes the Japanese population the thinnest in the world, according to the U.N.
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