Mexico: 1 out of Every 3 Teens are Obese

Posted on August 15, 2011 • Filed under: Health, Mexico, Social Issues

According to the National Health and Nutrition Inquest, 29% of all Mexican adolescents suffer from obesity, Yucatan News reports. The World Health Organizations classifies obesity as a “worldwide epidemic,” affecting 300 million adults and 42 million children worldwide. 2.6 million people die each year from obesity and illnesses caused by the disease. The high rate in Mexico is attributed to various factors, including genetic predisposition, poor nutritional habits and low rate of physical activity. In addition to the health risks created by obesity, teens who suffer from the disease also suffer psychologically due to ostracism and teasing by peers. Read Article

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