Source: Max Pixel

In 1975, 20 percent of the Mexican adult population was obese. By 2016, that number rose to 34 percent, according to a study developed by the Imperial College of London and the World Health Organization (WHO). The study analyzed the size and weight of 130 individuals between five and 19 years old and 98 individuals over 20 years old, becoming the epidemiological study with the largest population.

According to the report published in The Lancet, the number of obese children and teenagers across the world is ten times bigger than 40 years ago. Only in the case of girls aged 5 to 19 years in Mexico, the prevalence of obesity increased from 1.9 percent in 1975 to almost 13 percent in 2016. Mexico is also among the five countries with the highest population of obese people between the ages of 10 and 19.

To combat the burden of this disease, the WHO has developed a plan with policies for prevention and early diagnosis.


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