Well Being

America No Longer Most Overweight & Obese Country In The World

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America no longer most obese country

I could've chosen some obnoxious photo of anonymous overweight people, but gummy bears is just better.

“Most Terrible Kisser,” “Most Likely To Vomit On Prom Date,” “Best Unintentional Impression Of Hannibal Lector.” There are some titles that we do not want to have because not all achievements are good. For example, America has long been the most obese major country in the world — until now. So who holds that status?

As a matter of fact, it's our neighbors to the south. Mexico is officially the world's most overweight country as a new study by the United Nations shows that 70% of Mexicans are overweight and nearly a third are considered obese. 1 out of 6 have diabetes, with 70,000 people dying from the disease each year. Unfortunately, approximately a third of Mexican teenagers are obese, too — an issue they will likely maintain for the rest of their lives.

“The same people who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese,” said physician Abelardo Avila 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.”

This nation issue is truly astounding, but simultaneously all-too-familiar for many of us who live in America, where an incredibly high obesity rate is seen all over the country and 1.9 million people are diagnosed with diabetes each year. This epidemic is not to be taken lightly, and there absolutely need to be changes made on both a huge scale and individual ones in order to alter the devastating outcomes of obesity-related illnesses.

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