Health is one of the biggest problems in Mexico, especially obesity. “Worldwide overweight and obesity problem ‘staggering’” reports the UN health agency1 and this problem hits close to home in Mexico with overweight and obesity prevalence in over 50% of the adult population and almost a third of the children. This problem is a gateway for other health issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hipertension and metabolic syndrome. In 2000 the Mexican National Health Survey reported that nearly 80% of Type II diabetes cases in Mexico were linked to obesity2. Mexico was recently ranked as one of the “fattest” countries in the world, closely following the United States and it is quickly becoming uncontrollable. This issue needs to be dealth with in not only a national level, there should be the possibility for bilateral action with the United States to solve this element of the global health crisis taking small steps over the course of the next few years to solve this impending dilema.
Obesity cannot be ignored as one of the most fast-growing and increasingly influential health problems in Mexico but solutions are hard to come by. The culture and diet in Mexico encourages junk food and malnutrition from an early age and access to harmful foods is all to available and cheap. There have been attempts to control the growing numbers of childhood obesity, as one third of Mexico’s children are obese3, but there has not been enough goverment involvement to control and aid people before the problem gets out of hand and evolves to comorbid conditions stemming from obesity.
Obesity in the world is also a problem because of its rapid growth in the rest of the world, sometimes due to the popular manufacturing of “junk food” imported from elsewhere or other times to the changing nature of the world population’s diet (such as differently processed foods or hormone filled products). “Experts [like Neville Rigby director of policy and public...