Thursday, March 25, 2010

Consequences of Obesity

According to José Ángel Córdova Villalobos, who has spent a great deal of effort in recent days warning the nation about the dangers of obesity, says that 350,000 Mexicans die annually from diseases related to obesity. By comparison, the corresponding figure used by the Bush Administration surgeon general as recently as 2007 was 300,000 Americans, despite the US having almost three times has many citizens. The nations have comparable percentages of overweight citizens, so I imagine that different interpretations of the data offer a partial explanations higher Mexican mortality, but I wonder how much of it is due to the respective health care system.

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