Sunday, August 02, 2009

Fat of the Land

Apropos of Mexico's never-ending quest to unseat Uncle Sam as the Fattest Nation on Earth, the Burro Hall Nutrition Research Institute would like to send a big fat shout-out to the state of Coahuila (that's the one nestled into the "armpit" of Texas) which has once again been named the most obese state in Mexico! Roughly seventy-seven percent (that's not a typo) of the adult population is obese, and a staggering 26.7 percent of the state's residents suffer from diabetes, hypertension or chronic renal insufficiency. Thirty percent of the state's public health budget goes to treating obesity-related ailments.

Apparently, in Coahuila, the way to rebel against authority is to not be an enormous fatass, which is why a mere 40 percent of teenagers - and an embarrassing 17 percent of children under the age of four - are obese. Don't worry, parents....they'll come around.

The fattest town in the fattest state in the second-fattest nation in the world is Nueva Rosita, which edged out Piedras Negras (the two finished second and first, respectively, last year). Piedras Negras means "black stones," which is probably a pretty accurate description of the inhabitants' kidneys. That Piedras Negras sits on the US-Mexico border, across from Eagle Pass, TX (where the childhood obesity rate is twice the US national average) would seem to indicate that a lot of people are sneaking across the border, gorging themselves on America's unhealthy diet, and waddling back home. If Mexico wants to compete for the title of World's Fattest Nation, it doesn't seem unreasonable to ask that they do so honorably. American calories belong to America, and they should stay in America. Burro Hall once again calls on the Department of Homeland Security to finish building that border wall.

Querétaro, a state whose commitment to obesity excellence has always been suspect, recently announced an 8 million peso investment in a public health program called "Active and Healthy Lifestyle!" It's not entirely clear to us what the program does, but one thing it doesn't do is make the United States #2.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Geez...I remember when I was a kid growing up in the 70s and 80s it was a very rare thing to see a fat kid in the U.S. These days I'm always truly shocked by how common it is whenever I see a group of kids or teenagers (or rock stars) gathered together.