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Who's the fattest country in the world? America happily sheds the moniker

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Mexico is now the fattest country in this hemisphere and one of the fattest countries in the world.  Photo by Guillaume Millet/Flickr

America has lost a title it never wanted to have. It's no longer the fattest country.

Mexico is now the fattest nation in this hemisphere and one of the fattest countries in the world, according to the State of Food and Agriculture With a 32.8 percent obesity rate, Mexico has now surpassed America’s 31.8 percent obesity rate and taken over the status of being the most obese developed country.

However it is not the very fattest. A few islands in the Pacific Ocean greatly outweigh Mexico and America.

Nauru with a 71.1 percent obesity rate, Cook Islands with a 64.1 percent obesity rate and Marshall Islands with a 46.5 percent obesity rate beat out Mexico.

One out of three children in Mexico have been classified as overweight. Sixty nine percent of adult men and 73 percent of adult women in Mexico are considered overweight or obese.

Experts are linking this increase in Mexico’s obesity to the growing economic gap between the classes as well as the rise in movement to urban areas. Healthy diets are less affordable and fast food is easy to find in the cities. 

More than 70,000 deaths each year in Mexico are attributed to weight-related diseases. 

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