(NEW YORK) — While many Americans aren’t losing weight, the nation as a whole is losing the title of world’s fattest major country. A UN report says Mexico now has the title under its expanding belt, with 70 percent of Mexicans overweight and about a third obese.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Globalpost.com blames rising incomes and surging consumption, citing one expert saying it’s the malnourished who are becoming obese.
Almost half of Mexico’s population is considered poor, with the malnourished being the heaviest, reports the Journal-Constitution.
But the U.S. isn’t completely off the hook. Americans still take the number two spot on the list of obese countries with a 31.8 percent obesity rate.
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