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Mexico Surpasses U.S. in Adult Obesity Levels

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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.