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July 30, 2013

Obesity


Tried to put as much humor in a relatively sad topic as I possibly could:

Felicidades!

Mexico, you have now control the most coveted spot in the world….well, not really. The United Nations just announced a week ago that Mexico is now the most obese developed country in the world, edging out the US 32.8% to 31.8%.

This means that one in 3 people there has a BMI of over 30. This has HUGE (pun intended) implications for health and society. The more developed countries fall into this obesity, the worse our future healthcare concerns will be for us and our children.

SIDE NOTE: Mexico’s obesity rate among children tripled since 2003. So unless parents start changing what they feed their kids, it doesn’t look like the obesity cycle is likely to break.

Don’t get too sad though – according to the BMI calculator I AM OBESE TOO. The United Nations clearly isn’t taking into account all of the Mexican bodybuilders that are swaying their results.

Apparently being short and muscular isn’t calculated in the BMI chart for someone who is 5’ 5”.

I don’t know about you, but I think I MAKE OBESITY LOOK GOOD.

Back to the main issue – Why and how did they beat the US so quickly?

The smart people attribute it to “a more Westernized diet, physical inactivity, urbanization, rural-urban migration and some maternal-fetal factors” and “genetic factors inducing a higher predisposition to accumulate abdominal fat.”

But I think it might have something to do with all of the quesadillas, not the burgers and fries. YA KNOW?

So what does this all mean?

1) Mexico is moving up in the world, that’s for sure, but along with great power comes great headaches, and this one doesn’t seem like it is going to go away anytime soon.

2) If you are of Mexican decent, you might need to watch out even more closely to what you are eating because your ancestry set you up with some genes that might make it even easier for all of that delicious guacamole to be stored as extra insulation for the winter. NAH MEAN?

Stay away from those churizos,

SAM


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