Y el ganador en el Señorita concurso Gordo del Universo es… ¡Pierda México!
I hope the translation in Freetranslation.com is right. It should mean: And the runnerup in the Miss World Fatso contest is … Miss Mexico!
Yes, yes, yes. Mexico has become the second fattest nation in the world, next only to Fat Old America. Mexican health officials say their country could even surpass the U.S. as the most obese nation in the world within 10 years if Mexicans continue eating fried pork chips, a favorite over there.
The latest surveys showed that more than 71 percent of Mexican women and 66 percent of Mexican men are overweight.
This figure is a far cry from data way back in 1989 when fewer than 10 percent of Mexican adults were listed as overweight. A 61 percent jump in 19 years – that’s a mighty fatso leap!
Back in 1989, Mexican experts were more focused on fighting poverty and hunger. Perhaps the Mexicans got too engrossed in trying to fight hunger that they literally ate everything edible they could lay their hands on! And now, they’re all B-I-G, well, at least most of them.
“Mexico has probably had the most rapid increase of obesity in the last 15 years,” said Barry Popkin, a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill professor who studies global weight gain.
As a result of this bulging phenomenon, Mexicans say there’s less space on an already crowded Mexico City subway because riders are getting larger. At a flea market in the south of the city, vendors hawk clothes brought from the United States made for overweight individuals.
In his study, Popkin noted that just like Americans, many Mexicans are living sedentary lives – meaning they sit, watch TV, eat, sit, watch TV (and more such replays) all day and all night long.
Are you now seeing yourself in the same boat at the Americans and Mexicans, you couch potato?
Like the fatso Mehicanos, are you eating more fat and processed foods, fewer whole grains and vegetables?
Yes, it’s really your fault if you’re bursting at the seams now. But you can also blame society – at least that will lessen the guilt feelings inside you.
Tons and tons of junkfood continue to be sold everywhere and anywhere. In some places, in Mexico or in any other country, it’s easier to get a soft drink than a clean glass of water.
Peoples all over the world tend to ignore the health consequences of obesity which include increased rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
In Mexico, for instance, the Mexican Diabetes Federation estimates that 6.5 million to 10 million Mexicans have diabetes. More than 70,000 Mexicans die each year from diabetes-related conditions, health authorities there said. If trends continued, Mexico’s healthcare system would be bankrupt within a decade, the officials warned.
I think just like the threat of global warming, global bulging is an equally serious international problem. Let’s do our part in saving our planet. Get up from your lazy chair now, and run, run, run…Stop eating junk food. Stop drinking softdrink. Go green – not in the dirty mind department but in your food preference. Eat more veggies.
If you feel helpless in stopping global warming, at least you can do something to ease global bulging!