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    Mexico No. 1 Country for Obesity

    TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY YEMELI ORTEGA LUYANDO 
A woman with overweight walks along a street in Mexico City on May 20, 2013. Obesity among Mexicans soared from 9.5% in 1988 to 32% in 2012 and if overweight is included, up to 70%. The Mexicans also contribute with 22,000 out of the 180,000 people who die annually in the world from conditions related to the intake of sweet drinks, a figure that doubles the 10,000 deaths caused by the organized crime in the country.  AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT        (Photo credit should read Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

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    We’re no longer No. 1? Mexico has overtaken the U.S. in terms of obesity rate, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday. Nearly 33 percent of Mexicans are now obese, according to the report, and 70 percent are overweight. The report says the young and the poor are disproportionately affected—although as the country’s income has grown, so has its waistlines. In addition to a more urban economy, the country’s restaurant culture promotes foods that are fried and high in calories. But buck up, Americans who are sad that we’ve dropped out of top slot: the U.S. obesity rate is nearly 32 percent, not far behind.

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