That’s according to a recent United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization report.
The study claims that nearly one third of Mexican adults are obese, topping even the United States as the world’s most overweight industrialized nations.
The report says Mexico’s new weight worries are due to a diet of high-calorie, low-cost, processed foods and less active lifestyles, as Mexican incomes rise and more residents move into metropolitan areas.
The Mexican diet has traditionally consisted of corn, beans, rice and chilies. Tortillas, a staple during most if not all meals, are made of corn meal.
The increased incidence of obesity has significantly raised the risk of Mexicans suffering cardiovascular disease, diabetes, degenerative joint diseases and certain types of cancers, said the World Health Organization research.