Mexico Trends

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Mexico has been having a problem with expanding waistlines. According to many estimates, their are now more overweight people in Mexico, on average, than in the US…

Mexico put a 10% tax on sugary drinks in 2014, but this did not reverse the trend, and child and adolescent obseity is increasing. I don’t think the diet has changed all that much; it’s just that people have become more sedentary.

Mexico’s traditional high-caloric diet was designed for serious manual labor, for working in the fields all day long. Now, people eat the same things and sit at their desk, and walk down to Carls Jr for lunch.

Starbucks is also quite popular here. They are everywhere. While some people use Starbucks for coffee, it has become a milk-shake factory dispensing giant, sugary, creamy, frothy drinks with whipped cream and candy sprinkles. Starbucks should airlift all those drinks to refugee camps in the Sudan, because just one drink exceeds the UN minimum daily requirement for calories probably.

Also, much of Mexico’s food is unhealthy: unhealthy fats from red meats and processed meats, for example. Lots of snack foods. Lard. Cooking oils of mysterious origin.

I noticed that yes, on average, the Mexican person is more overweight that the US person. Almost all middle-aged women can stand to lose 10- 15 pounds (the demographic I notice most).

However, very few people in Mexico are “TSA fat,” to paraphrase comedian Rob Schenider, who wondered that if to become a TSA agent one must swear an oath to only henceforth eat pudding. (His new stand-up routine on Netflix is great).

True, I’ve not seem Mexicans confined to wheelchairs because they are so fat. No Wal-Mart levels of obesity.

So I wonder what explains this. Why are Mexicans more overweight, but less grossly obese, than North Americans?

 

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