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Mexico Goes on a Nationwide Diet to Lose a Million Pounds

The US isn't going to be #1 for long — but this is one record that could be worth giving up: Mexico is on track to eclipse the US as the fattest country within the next 10 years.

Almost half of Mexico's 110 million people are overweight and the number of overweight children has risen by 8 percent every year for the past decade, with Type 2 diabetes skyrocketing as well. The cause? Growing fast food, tons of money spent on marketing it, more time in cars, and more time in front of the tube. Sound familiar?

To see what they're doing to tip the scales on this problem,


Here's what they're doing to combat the bulge: a nationwide campaign called "Vamos Por Un Million de Kilos" (Let's Lose a Million Kilos) or about two million pounds has worked a treat, and phase two, "Let's Lose More Kilos," aims to keep the momentum going. To help get the country moving, the Calderon administration has built or revamped 800 public sports facilities and the National Institute of Public Health is promoting healthier diet choices. Advertisers are also sponsoring spots showing easy and free ways to exercise in a country where lots can't afford gym memberships.

Sounds like a plan worth emulating?


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gabitzgabitz gabitzgabitz 8 years
man, that was a long comment
gabitzgabitz gabitzgabitz 8 years
actually, it's not that expensive to eat healthy here in MX, we (as a country) grow all kinds of fruits and vegetables, so we have access to a really healthy diet. Plus, in ancient times, Aztecs and all the lost civilizations based their diet on corn (tortillas) and beans and vegetables. It is well known over here that poor people eat tortillas and beans all day, because they're cheap but guess what? corn and beans are an excellent source of protein and vitamins and all sorts of nutriments, so i don't think it's hard for us to live healthy... us Mexicans are just lazy and/or busy all day, so getting a burger is a lot easier than going back to your house and cook for 45 minutes, you know? plus, most of the work force live a couple hours away from where they work, so it's not precisely easy to travel back and forth to eat at home... i don't know, i think obesity in my country is a bit more complicated than that. We are just so eager to immitate what's going on in the rest of the world that we just take in every habit (positive or not) we are presented. but i think obesity is a pretty personal issue. I mean, i LOVE fast food and pizza and fried stuff and cakes and pastries and whatever you can imagine. I am not obese nor over weight, i'm pretty fit and thin for my age and height. I eat it all this stuff pretty frequently, but i still base my diet around fruits, vegetables and cereals. The point is to balance your intake and work out. It just doesn't matter which country do you live in, it's a lifestyle, in my opinion.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I always get excited when other countries make the U.S. look skinnier. Why, yes, I am the diet underminer in my group of friends, why do you ask?
NadiaPotter NadiaPotter 8 years
yeah, it is sad, to see a 10 year old eating A LOT more of what you eat, and the mothers inventing excuses (like Cartman "I'm not fat, I'm strong") The real problem is, if they don't start teaching their sons to eat right, if they grow older and start manifesting diseases, they will not accept healthy food, because his mind (and body) will not accept it. School are getting in shape too, they give child list of what they should eat (not that people actually read it) I did read my boss's daughter list, they didn't. But at least, the word is out.
Mina-Xue Mina-Xue 8 years
Eating bad or good is expensive, depending on where you live, your lifestyle and your income. I know that I don't have the chance to eat healthier during the week, but I really have no excuse on the weekend.. While the biggest or mostly commonly known culprit is food, lack of physical exertion is the biggest. Everyone wonders why little kids eat all sorts of food and are in great shape? They're always running around!
fcseamstress fcseamstress 8 years
I agree ilanac, more people need to take their health in general more seriously. One of the main reasons I'm nervous about socialized health car is because of the obesity rates in our country. But when it's cheaper to eat out than to buy good fruits, veggies and meats it's really hard to convince the paycheck to paycheck family to eat better...
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's about time that people take weight loss/obesity seriously - and this is something that i think should have some type of impact if it's easily implemented into everyone's lives. i think that one of the biggest reasons that people do gain so much weight is that when you are on such a limited income, you don't always have access to healthy foods, and therefore you're eating things that will help you gain rather than lose. if people are educated on how to eat better with their limited $$ or they are given the means to have healthier foods in their diet, then i can't imagine how this couldn't be successful. i'm going to watch this one and see what the changes are and hopefully they will achieve their goal
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