LONDON: Mexico is officially the world’s fattest nation now.
According to a UN report, Mexico has replaced America as the fattest nation, with the largest number of overweight and obese people.
Shockingly, 70 percent Mexicans are overweight and one-third of the whole population of the country is obese, according to the report.
The UN report puts the number of obese people in Mexico at 32.8 percent as compared to 31.8 percent in the US.
In a country where many still suffer from malnutrition, the explosion of obesity and overweight has been fueled by sedentary lifestyle and craze for fast food and local fatty dishes.
The measure of the crisis can be gauged from the fact that in 1989, fewer than 10 percent Mexicans were obese. The obesity crisis has more than tripled since then.
But away from most populated nations, the figures are really shocking as 95 percent islanders of American Samoa are overweight.
Obesity and overweight lead to lots chronic diseases such as heart problems, hypertension and diabetes and related problems of kidney failure, etc.
Obesity kills more than three million people worldwide. Which is three times the number of people who die from hunger and malnutrition.
Though India does not yet figure among the major obese nations, the obesity crisis is reaching crisis proportions in big Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, etc, as 70 percent people in major metros are fat or obese, according to studies.
Here is the percentage of obese people in various countries:
Mexico: 32.8 per cent
US: 31.8 per cent
Syria: 31.6 per cent
Venezuela, Libya: 30.8 per cent
Trinidad & Tobago: 30.0 per cent
Vanuatu: 29.8 per cent
Iraq, Argentina: 29.4 per cent
Turkey: 29.3 per cent
Chile: 29.1 per cent
Czech Republic: 28.7 per cent
Lebanon: 28.2 per cent
NZ, Slovenia: 27.0 per cent
El Salvador: 26.9 per cent
Malta: 26.6 per cent
Panama, Antigua: 25.8 per cent
Israel: 25.5 per cent
Australia 25.1 per cent
Dominica: 25.0 per cent
Britain, Russia: 24.9 per cent
Hungary: 24.8 per cent