Good news, Americans. You’re no longer the most obese nation in the world. You had a good run, but there’s a new king of that particular mountain. A new report from the United Nations shows that Mexico has edged into the lead, dropping the United States to number two on the list.
In Mexico, 32.8 percent of adults are considered obese, just topping the 31.8 percent found in the Unites States. Mexico suffers nearly 70,000 weight-related diabetes deaths annually, with more than 400,00 new cases each year.
As far as experts are concerned, CBS News reports, the rise in obesity correlates to the growing chasm between class lines. More than 50 percent of the population of Mexico is considered to be living below the line of poverty. Between the cost an availability of healthier foods in the nation, those who can’t afford them to rely on the cheaper things to eat, including fast food. That, mixed with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle creates quite a combination.
The full report can be found on Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations website.