Those of you who have read my blog for awhile know that I am a big proponent of getting healthier foods into Mexico and have been following the changes in the schools closely. Well, today I read a headline in El Universal that literally made my jaw drop.
"75% of hospital beds occupied because of obesity" - GDF: The health system collapses because of obesity epidemic.
This is not a prediction, this is a sad reality. The minister of Health in Mexico City has said that in 5 to 10 years the number of patients in hospitals as a result of obesity could be so great that the public health system would collapse. The article also goes on to mention the over 5 million children that are categorized as obese. The rates of juvenile diabetes are skyrocketing, and if things don't change soon the numbers will continue to grow and this children's lives will be forever changed.
Mexico has been hesitant to make changes in these areas, but these figures do not lie.
Here is a great piece by TIME Magazine that highlights the obesity problem in Mexico: