Mexico Surpasses U.S. in Adult Obesity Levels - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Mexico Surpasses U.S. in Adult Obesity Levels

Posted: Updated:

For the first time Mexico has surpassed the United States in levels of adult obesity, a distinction that experts attribute to Mexicans abandoning their traditional diet for processed snack foods and drinks.

Almost one-third of adult Mexicans or 33% are obese compared to 32% of Americans, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.

Experts say the root of the problem in Mexico is changing dietary patterns which have also changed with Mexican Americans living here in the United States.

One factor is that Mexicans consume more soft drinks per person than any other group which contain a lot of sugar.

Mexicans are also increasingly eating more refined flour, sugar and energy-dense foods. Katia Garcia, a nutritionist and researcher says Mexicans have been abandoning their traditional diet of tortillas, beans, rice and chili, which are rich in fiber and vitamins and eating more junk food.

You can read more about the obesity problem in the current issue of Tu Decides the bilingual newspaper.

  • National Health NewsGeneral Health NewsMore>>

  • Scientists study gene clues from 115-year-old woman

    Scientists study gene clues from 115-year-old woman

    More than 400 mutations were found in the healthy white blood cells of a 115-year-old woman, according to a new study that may advance what is known about limits of the human life span.More >>
    More than 400 mutations were found in the healthy white blood cells of a 115-year-old woman, according to a new study that may advance what is known about limits of the human life span.More >>
  • Vitamin D may not lower seniors' fall risk

    Vitamin D may not lower seniors' fall risk

    Taking vitamin D supplements does little to reduce seniors' risk of falls, a new review finds.More >>
    Taking vitamin D supplements does little to reduce seniors' risk of falls, a new review finds.More >>
  • Mental illness not a driving force behind crime

    Mental illness not a driving force behind crime

    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows. "When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes, so they get stuck in people's heads," said study author Jillian Peterson, a psychology professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. "The vast majority of people with mental illness a...More >>
    TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Less than 10 percent of crimes committed by mentally ill people are directly linked to the symptoms of their disorders, a new study shows. "When we hear about crimes committed by people with mental illness, they tend to be big headline-making crimes, so they get stuck in people's heads," said study author Jillian Peterson, a psychology professor at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn. "The vast majority of people with mental illness a...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.