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Old 01-08-2011, 06:13 PM   #1
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Another reason not to go to Mexico

USA and Mexico Are The Fattest Countries In The World

Thirty percent of Mexican adults are obese as are 28% of Americans, the two fattest nations in the world, according to a book just published by the OECD


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Is it all the Americans going there?
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:27 PM   #2
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USA and Mexico Are The Fattest Countries In The World

Thirty percent of Mexican adults are obese as are 28% of Americans, the two fattest nations in the world, according to a book just published by the OE
Although predictions involving the future are a real challenge, I'd bet that very soon we will see the Mexico number fall to 29% and the US number rise to 29%.
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I blame it on those all-inclusive resorts... too much good food, they also contribute to a high-level of alcohol consumption.
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I have to disagree Dex... it looks like Americans would blend in rather naturally there...
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I still remember where (and when) I first started seeing obese people in Venezuela. At the fast food court in the shopping mall across the street from where I worked.

Don't recall having known any really obese folks that prepare their own food at home.
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I still remember where (and when) I first started obese people in Venezuela.
So it's your fault! Did you start them in the US too?

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So it's your fault! Did you start them in the US too?

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Isn't this just North America? Seems the obesity problem has

I think the most obese people I ever saw were in Nova Scotia. Forgive me, Canadians, but that is what I observed. Still - 24% versus 28% - obviously the US is fatter overall. And Australia, New Zealand, UK all have Canada beat.

Interesting - with the exception of Mexico, it seems like all the fattest countries were countries originally colonized from England.

Frankly, I'm amazed the Mexico has the US beat in this dubious honor.

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Just a short visit to Houston will confirm this information you posted.
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USA and Mexico Are The Fattest Countries In The World

Thirty percent of Mexican adults are obese as are 28% of Americans, the two fattest nations in the world, according to a book just published by the OECD


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Is it all the Americans going there?
Unfortunately the newest kind of Mexican diet plan involves decapitation. Sure it's a quick way to drop 10# or so, but oh the headache it causes...
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Unfortunately the newest kind of Mexican diet plan involves decapitation. Sure it's a quick way to drop 10# or so, but oh the headache it causes...
Si, but then you can get back in the little box...



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like i needed a reason much less another reason not to go to mexico? you couldn't pay me to go there. and what's up with fat mexicans? i thought that was a country full of peasants. where do they get the money to over eat, i'd think their problem was getting money to eat for survival.
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The Mexicans have great food and plenty of it at cheap prices so it's no wonder there's a problem.
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The Mexicans have great food and plenty of it at cheap prices so it's no wonder there's a problem.
So the natural tendency of humans would be to eat until they they are grossly fat, unless lack of money or food prevented that?

Why are the leanest people in the world mostly found in wealthy advanced countries? Why are country clubs and city clubs filled with lean men and women? Food no good or not enough money to buy it?

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When traveling in the States, I've always been amazed at the huge size of portions at the restaurants in the U.S. as compared to home (Canada). Food at grocery stores is also much less expensive.

Could also be that it's all the shivering we do from Oct.- March that burns those calories...
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I am a big eater, so I often parse a menu with "will this dish be enough for me" in mind. In Thailand, I often had to order two dishes. On my way home after my workout the other day, I ate two value meals at McD's (fries and drink of a regular value meal are smaller here in the Philippines than in the USA, and I get diet coke).

Man, I love the food in Mexico. Tacos el pastor, tasty salsa and tortillas, enchilada dishes in restaurants . . . mmmm. When I was traveling there and eating in restaurants, I did notice the lack of green vegetables on the side, something that I miss.

Here in the Philippines, I occasionally pay a premium for good Mexican food at a local restaurant to get my fix. They have huge portions.

If I don't get it regularly, I miss Mexican cuisine more than any other food. It is what I grew up on . . .
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After two years of living at Lake Chapala in the state of Jalisco and traveling around the rest of the country, here are a few observations:

1. Biggest problem is the incursion of the soft drinks and processed foods companies - another gift (along with guns for the cartels and drug demand) from the U.S. Frito Lay and Coca Cola trucks everywhere, subsidized prices on heavily-advertised crap.

2. People who still eat the traditional corn and bean based diet and work their butts off 6 days a week - which would describe most Mexicans I see - are lean and ridiculously strong. But among the young and the wealthy there's the same obesity epidemic as in the U.S., for the exact same reasons.

3. Traditional Mexican food is nothing like what you see in the U.S. Not fat-free, but far lower in fat. Tacos as a rule are 1-2 Tablespoons of meat on a fresh-made (not fried) tortilla, topped with veggies and salsa. Queso fresco is sprinkled lightly on a few foods, not glopped on to everything. Vegetable oil is far more common than lard. Lots of fruit, year-round, ditto fresh vegetables. And it is a grain based diet: the official allotment of corn tortillas is 40 per person per day, and many eat that amount. With simple boiled beans it's a complete protein. Add in a chicken stretched to last a week for an entire family and plenty of gathered fruits and veggies and you have what millions here eat.

As the country grows a larger middle class and corporate marketing continues to grow I expect to see more and more erosion of the traditional diet, as we've seen elsewhere in the world. Still at the moment it's a long way from the U.S., where one of the lead stories this week is about Taco Bell's "beef" containing 65% non-beef add-ons!
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