After last month Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations published its report for 2013, it became known that the United States of America with 31.8% of obese population lost its right to be called the most obese populous nation in the world.
It's southern neighbour and close companion, Mexico, with the reported rate of 32,8% adult obesity rate has been demonstrated to be populous state with the biggest ratio of obese and overweight citizens.
The first place among all nations belongs to American Samoa. Around 75 percent residents of this Oceanic state are obese and 20 percent more are overweight.
The slimmest nations of the world are mostly concentrated in Asia. Vietnam and Laos have an obesity population rate of less than one percent.
Overall, there are currently over 1.4 billion obese adults within the world population who are 20-years-old or older, the report shows.
Although experts doubt the accuracy of such global figures, the news about obesity made big headlines in the Mexican media and rippled across Latin America's second-most-populous country.
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization called on Mexico to consider its fattening people a national emergency two years ago but the call remained unanswered.
Mexican officials forged a national agreement three years ago with unions, food producers and others aimed at lowering the consumption of junk food and obesity rates consequently. But the effort was weakened by lobbying from the agribusiness industry, UN expert De Shutter claimed.
"The same people [Mexicans] who are malnourished are the ones who are becoming obese," reported a physician from Mexico's National Nutrition Institute, Abelardo Avila according to CBS News. "In the poor classes we have obese parents and malnourished children. The worst think is the children are becoming programmed for obesity. It's a very serious epidemic".
In the latest reports, around 70 percent of Mexicans can be classified as obese. On top of this large rate, childhood obesity has increased three-folds over the past decade. Since obese children tend to become obese adults 80 percent of the time, developing new ways of promoting healthier lifestyles and diets are extremely vital for this nation.
Experts have explained this peaking rate of obesity by the fact that Mexico has been moving toward a more industrialized and urban lifestyle, which means that more people are sitting around and living more sedentary lifestyles than ever before.
Besides, people with low income in the country simply do not have enough money for healthier food alternatives like vegetables, fruits, fresh salads, fish, and nuts, which are expansive in the cities.
Loaded with fats and carbohydrates, tamales, tostados, tortillas and tacos, once dedicated for special festive occasions, now have all become daily cheap foods among most Mexicans.
"As more Mexicans move from rural to urban communities they become more sedentary and they eat a steady diet of unhealthy, highly caloric foods," an obesity researcher, Obesity Soceity spokesperson, Martin Binks said to ABC News.
Original report by The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization
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