Slap yourself on the back with a salad fork and take a break from those crunches you’re probably totally doing right now, Americans. A new report says we’ve been knocked from our position as No. 1 most obese developed nation in the world. That non-honor now goes to Mexico, according to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.
At 32.8% of Mexican adults who are considered obese, that nation sits at the top of the list. Followed by the U.S. (we’re No. 2, we’re No. 2!) with 31.8% of people aged 20 and older with a body mass index of 30 and above, reports Yahoo! News.
Syria is next (31.6%) followed by Venezuela and Libya holding down a tie for fourth at 30.8%.
It’s a major problem for countries like Mexico, where health advocates say it’s the malnourished people who become obese. About 70,000 people a year die from diabetes in Mexico, “or roughly equal to the deaths authorities say are caused by more than six years of the country’s gangland wars,” the Global Post points out in discussing the problem in Mexico.
We’re not a country to rub it in the faces of our international brethren, however (right? Be nice) — especially since we’ve only dropped to the second slot from the top.
America no longer world’s fattest, UN report says [Yahoo! News]