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Old 09-16-2018, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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I believe the Panamá thing for sure. You see fast food everywhere in Panama City. That´s what people don´t get, I mean the Latin diet wasn´t the healthiest anyway, and people are keeping up that level of starch consumption, on top of all the fried food, and ¨supplementing¨ it with American fast food...big disaster. Panamanians have also taken to driving probably more than other countries in the region--a car is all but necessary there. Colombia isn´t in a crisis yet, but I can definitely say that in the 6 years I have lived here, I see way more obese people than I did when I first arrived.
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Old 09-17-2018, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I believe the Panamá thing for sure. You see fast food everywhere in Panama City. That´s what people don´t get, I mean the Latin diet wasn´t the healthiest anyway, and people are keeping up that level of starch consumption, on top of all the fried food, and ¨supplementing¨ it with American fast food...big disaster. Panamanians have also taken to driving probably more than other countries in the region--a car is all but necessary there. Colombia isn´t in a crisis yet, but I can definitely say that in the 6 years I have lived here, I see way more obese people than I did when I first arrived.
That's one of the things that surprises me about viewing Panama youtube clips and other images I find about the country. Most of it looks very car-oriented with just a few of the colonial exceptions.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Wow, Mexico!

https://www.theguardian.com/society/...ador-un-report

"In Mexico, a country that faces one of the world’s most acute obesity crisis, 74% of women are obese or overweight compared with 70% of men, the report said."
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/21-...s-on-earth/18/

Surprised, I thought Mexico was highest for Latin America. Looks like Panama now has the top spot...not only that but 5th in the world....67.4% are overweight.

For those that have been to Panama recently, does it seem like it? About on par with the United States...which is 6th in the world at 66.9% overweight.
The US would rank higher than that, if it weren't for all the Mexican immigrants thinning down the average
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Macao
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The US would rank higher than that, if it weren't for all the Mexican immigrants thinning down the average
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:18 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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The US would rank higher than that, if it weren't for all the Mexican immigrants thinning down the average
That doesn't seem accurate. I grew up among many Mexican immigrants and the places I've lived in the US always had a sizable Mexican immigrant population, and a sizable portion of that population were themselves quite sizable. It's more the East Asian population in the US that stay relatively thin.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:37 AM
 
Location: IN
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Modern wheat and high fructose corn syrup are to blame for the obesity epidemic in Latin America. They need to avoid both, simple solution.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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That doesn't seem accurate. I grew up among many Mexican immigrants and the places I've lived in the US always had a sizable Mexican immigrant population, and a sizable portion of that population were themselves quite sizable. It's more the East Asian population in the US that stay relatively thin.
A couple decades ago (when I formulated my quip) the US obesity rate was higher than Mexico's, but Mexican junk food has closed the gap.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:59 PM
 
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The US would rank higher than that, if it weren't for all the Mexican immigrants thinning down the average

Mexican food is also responsible for pulling the scale down
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Macao
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Mexican food is also responsible for pulling the scale down
Typical American food wouldn't win any prizes for healthiness either.

What factor to consider is average height. The average Mexican height is lower, so considering each person eats the same amount of food, one has less places to put the excess fat.
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