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How Mexico Got So Fat

Health & Wellness  (tags: Mexico, diet, disease, family, food, nutrition, risks, warning, risks, illness, food, disease, prevention, nutrition )

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Modern Mexicans' urban lifestyle, rising incomes and myriad consumption vices have fed a seemingly endless struggle that's killing thousands more of them each year. Yep, we're talking the desperate Battle of the (body) Bulge.

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Animae C (514)
Monday July 8, 2013, 4:23 pm
see >>>> Extreme Eats

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Monday July 8, 2013, 5:39 pm

Carol H (229)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:08 pm
noted, thanks Cal

Carol H (229)
Monday July 8, 2013, 7:13 pm
sorry Carrie!!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 12:32 am
Hmmm---and obesity is now about to be crowned a disease...well these fat gorging folks are lovin' that title--how often is it that that you can literally eat buckets of fat laden KFC or gorge on restaurant portions suited for a family of 4...but then explain proudly that you're suffering from "Obesity Disorder"..,YUP. Thx Carrie

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 1:43 am
“Junk food is great, who doesn't like it?”
People who understand that food is for nourishing the body and not fulfilling other needs! People who consider what they're about to put in their bodies- if it is FOOD for the body or BIG MONEY for some corporation...

Syd H (48)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 3:33 am
Well, when I was in Costa Rica almost 2 years ago, I was really shocked by how many US fast food places there are there. In fact, that is how they address things there. For instance, a dentist might be on Calle 24, 200 meters north of Taco Bell, or a hostel on Avenido 2, 100 meters south of KFC. I am so not kidding. It was disturbing to say the least.

But, I was talking to the owner of a veg restaurant there which also does a lot of raw vegan dishes and she said that there was no obesity problem there a decade ago. I asked her what she thought had changed and she pointed to the fast food restaurants. Seriously, Pizza Hut is considered gourmet there. :(

However, the US Farm Bill has certainly done untold damage to Mexico. NAFTA too. It's why there is now HFCS in that country including in the once famous soda drinks which no longer have sugar.

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Thanks Carrie.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 3:43 am
we really are what we eat........I am so sorry for this Carrie...thanks for posting........(that "lead us not into temptation" applies here....but, we have to avoid it altogether ....self control)

Syd H (48)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 4:22 am
Oh, and one more thing. I have been studying food, food systems, and nutrition for years but last month in London I was offered to try some Marmite (on gluten-free bread). My curiosity was at peak as I'd heard of it many times over the years as essentially an institution of the Brit diet. So I had a tiny bit, and then I wanted more. I woke up the next day with a migraine but didn't connect because truth is I was scheming for ways I could eat more of the stuff. And I did, only to end up with another headache. That's when I did what I should have done to begin with which was read the label and not only did I find out it comes from a company I do not want to support (Unilever) but it's pretty much just pure MSG.

Gosh, it's a wonder the English are able to accomplish anything since that snack alone is MSG on gluten.

So if I can get sucked in by something like that, I cannot imagine how hard it is to understand for someone who believes as I once did that the government wouldn't let harmful things be sold...

I have all new & refreshed understanding, sympathy, and empathy.

Angelene B (148)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 2:57 pm
Uhh I think this is quite offensive tbh.

Carrie B (306)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 3:56 pm
Angie, I'm not sure what you find offensive. The article quite simply points out the dangerous trend diet and poverty are playing in the health of people in Mexico.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 5:04 pm
This is not just happening in Mexico. Look at all the people in North America.

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 6:06 pm

Josephine Tomsam (0)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 6:20 pm
Oh yeahh. Nice share. Thank you
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Jason S (50)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 8:09 pm
Good posting, thanks

Deb E (63)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 10:23 pm
All the fast foods are crammed with wheat flour, bread, pasta ... and GMO corn and masa flour as well as GMO corn syrup. It isn't food. It is nothing but empty calories. The body, starved of nutrition, stores away the fat because it thinks it is starving. I cannot believe how many people eat at fast "food" places almost every single night.

reft h (66)
Tuesday July 9, 2013, 11:35 pm
Well, it's not just a fast food lifestyle, are they not just as glued to their computers as we are? Are the kids out playing like they used to? I think there are several factors at play.

Kathleen R (138)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 12:30 am
read & noted

M B (62)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 10:45 am
America is a fast - food nation, it is too bad that other's follow. This is sick. I agree with Deb E. " ...The body, starved of nutrition, stores away the fat because it thinks it is starving !!!

. (0)
Sunday July 14, 2013, 10:10 am
It's a tragedy that nutrition is not/ will not be taught in the schools.

Melania Padilla (122)
Monday July 15, 2013, 1:54 pm
This is happening in other parts of the world too, so sad.
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