Obesity Weighs on Latin America After Success in Fight Against Hunger

Anastasia Moloney and Chris Arsenault, Yahoo! News, February 13, 2015

Ordering fried chicken at a fast-food restaurant in Colombia’s capital, Paola Flores is one of millions of Latin Americans struggling with obesity, an epidemic hitting this region harder than others in the developing world.

More than 56 percent of Latin American adults are overweight or obese, compared to a global average of 34 percent, according to a report by the Overseas Development Institute last year.

The growing problem often affects the poorest in society, and threatens to overwhelm Latin America’s public health systems and curtail economic gains in the long run, experts say.

“Buying a family combo of fried chicken, chips and a soft drink can feed me and my three children at a price I can afford,” Flores, a secretary, said as she stood in line.

Since 1991, the number of hungry people in Latin America has nearly halved to 37 million in December from 68.5 million. While the region is the only one that is on track to meet U.N. goals on reducing hunger by 2015, far less attention has been paid to combating obesity.


Obesity is the fastest-growing chronic disease, killing 2.8 million adults every year. Obesity-related conditions, including diabetes and heart disease, now cause more deaths than hunger, according to the World Economic Forum.


Mexico faces the region’s most acute obesity crisis, with 70 percent of adults overweight or obese, according to Mexico’s National Institute for Public Health (INSP).

“Obesity in some countries in Latin America, like Mexico, is an epidemic where extreme measures need to be taken,” Juan Rivera, head of INSP’s health and nutrition research center, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Obesity cost the Mexican economy an estimated $5.5 billion in 2008, he said, and if the problem is not addressed, the figure is expected to hit $12.5 billion by 2017.


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  • DaveMed

    Oh, the suffering!

    Quick, we need to ship lettuce, money, and cardiologists to [any country but White ones]!

    • John Smith

      Seems to me that Mexico has plenty of lettuce already….

  • It is possible for a person to suffer malnutrition and obesity simultaneously.

    • LexiconD1

      Yes, through vitamin deficiency. If you prep, store vitamins.

      • Charles Martel

        If you prep store seeds, and grow mushrooms for vit D

        • LexiconD1

          Way ahead of you. We have seeds prepped, and a garden growing (one of the few benefits to living in CA, you can grow all year long). Plus, we backstock vitamins. I always try to be ahead of demand, I never knew, until a few years ago, this was called ‘prepping’. Just assumed it was called being smart, and planning ahead.

          • John Smith

            Of course, with little firepower legally available to you, you’d better hope the inner city hordes Leeland Yee helped arm don’t head your way.

          • LexiconD1

            I border the OC…I’m well away from the dregs of Los Angeles. There’s a lot more ‘attractive’ spots to hit up long before they think to hit up my area.

          • John Smith

            I bet they’ll head straight to OC and fan out from there – they know who has the best stuff to loot.

          • LexiconD1

            Beverly Hills, and those areas, are a LOT closer to them.

          • Alexandra1973

            White privilege! Planning ahead! LOL

  • JackKrak

    “Since 1991, the number of hungry people in Latin America has nearly halved to 37 million in December from 68.5 million”

    That’s because they live in Los Angeles, Houston and Phoenix now….

  • LHathaway

    Once they starved. Now they are fat, and everyone is obsessed about their ‘shortcomings’.

    • Charles Martel

      Yea its whiteys fault they stopped starving.

  • IstvanIN

    Makes sense from all the bowling balls I see pushing strollers.

    • phillyguy

      you told me this before and it is the absolute truth

      • IstvanIN

        I would not lie to you of all people.

  • Chip Carver

    The primitives have a lot more trouble handling processed foods. Sure, those tasty treats are a problem for Whites and Asians as well (as Asians in the US are starting to find out as more and more of them dig in) but blacks and browns have discovered yet another area of modern life that doesn’t agree with them at all. Wait until YT is accused of using these foods as a stealth weapon against the honorable but constantly besieged peoples of color who want only to live productive lives spent breeding and living off whatever gibmedats can be had courtesy of the charitable (and anti-white) US government.

    • evilsandmich

      I recall that especially southern mestizos (Indians) will get Type-2 diabetes at the drop of hat when they put on a little weight, which isn’t hard for them to do since their biology is conditioned to a near starvation diet of corn and bugs.

      • Their biology is also conditioned to their having to work pretty hard to stay alive, and by “hard work”, I don’t mean spraying “Round Up” weed-killer on YT’s mint and chives in the suburbs.

    • Charles Martel

      I couldn’t help but laugh when 2 of the first 3 words where fried chicken. The Cornel Sanders is trying to wipe out the world by producing too much food.

  • Reynardine

    Can someone help me construct a narrative that blames whites and colonization for this? It’s for a school paper.

    • APaige

      Thank you. That was very funny.

    • Charles Martel

      You see whitey cures disease that tropical people evolved to outbreed, & knows secrets for growing food. Before whitey brought the knowledge of quinine to Africa it was sparsely populated as they only had sickle cell to protect them from malaria.

  • libertarian1234

    If they were ever starved I didn’t notice it when I lived in the Southwest, and saw MANY
    Mexicans and other Latins, especially the women.

    About 5′ 4″ and three hundred pounds seemed to me to be the norm for the females.

    • Reynardine

      Just the way Bossman likes ’em.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Well maybe 275 but 300? I think bossmans Pinto has to much rust around the support rust.

  • Spaniard in LA

    Their problem is that they cook everything with lard. This past summer I spent about a month down in Mexico with a cousin from Spain. We traveled throughout several cities exploring. Now, one of the first things we noticed is that they cook everything with lard. Tamales is also one of the most common foods down there. I myself came back 17 pounds heavier. We also noticed that most stores are closed between the hours of 12pm and 2pm because it’s siesta time.

    • shmo123

      Not just cooked in lard, but heavy on carbs and fat–tortillas, beans, cheese, lathered in grease served up three times a day and washed down (in many cases) with sickeningly sweet soda pop. It’s a wonder that half the country isn’t on an IV in a hospital.

      • Reynardine

        How dare you impose your white culture of health upon these poor, obese lardlings! It’s part of their culture to be fatbuckets, don’t you know?

        • SentryattheGate

          Paola Flores could have saved money and calories if she would have cooked that chicken at home, baking (like I do) of instead of frying it! Especially if the problem is supposedly poverty! Be smart and make your money go farther! Some groups are just eternal children! First we help feed them because they’re starving, then we have to rescue them from obesity? These Hispanics have the highest diabetes 2 rates of all people (often caused by sedentary lifestyle and obesity), costing 2 1/2 more in healthcare (than non-diabetics), cause of most amputations, blindness, kidney failure, 4 x the liklihood of heart attack, dementia and stroke! Then comes the disability checks c/o YT (being told to learn Spanish)!

    • David Jones

      Same way in Costa Rica, 90% of what they cook is fried using manteca. The government started some sort of anti-obesity program not long ago. I don’t know how they do it because they have a higher average life expectancy than Americans.

      • Spaniard in LA

        Costa Rica is actually the pearl of Central America. They also have an illegal immigration problem (Nicaraguans) and their healthcare resources are exploited (Nicaraguans). Only 1% of those caught at the U.S come from Nicaragua. They’re to busy exploiting Costa Rica.

        • Michael Robert Ryan

          Yes, Costa Rica is anomalously prosperous and stable for a Latin American country. It’s sometimes called “the Switzerland of the Americas.”

    • Alexandra1973

      Lard doesn’t make you fat, believe it or not. (Now if it’s hydrogenated that’s another story.) Saturated fat is good for you; polyunsaturated is not.

      Now if they’re chugging the soft drinks…that’ll do it.

  • Alucard_the_last

    I’m sure the Cubans and now Venezualians don’t have a problem with obesity due the the social miracle there. Socialism is a great way to lose weight.

  • Alexandra1973

    I’ve been reading that sugar causes magnesium deficiency…and magnesium is pretty important. Helps keep things running smoothly.

    Been trying to cut back on sugar myself, and I got some liquid D3/K2. I’m hoping to start making bone broth as soon as I’m able to get what we need. Mr. Scott here has sung its praises and I’ve been reading on such things for quite some time, now it’s time to put things into practice.

  • Hammerheart

    I’ve noticed Latina women seem to balloon up around their mid-20s. Before that they’re quite svelte looking creatures before the spare tire and cottage cheese thighs take hold.

    This transformation can be accelerated by giving birth to a child. Once the first comes, it’s all over for her.

  • Spaniard in LA

    You are absolutely right, coke has replaced the traditional cerveza (beer). I also noticed their coke taste different than American coke. Any idea why?

    • Michael Robert Ryan

      In Mexico, they still use cane sugar, like the original recipe calls for. Here in the U.S., we switched to high fructose corn syrup back in the 80s to cut costs. (In Mexico it’s cheaper to use cane sugar, because of the different tariffs and subsidies they have there.)

  • Michael Robert Ryan

    It was actually pulque, an alcoholic drink made from the fermented sap of the maguey plant, and not beer that was the traditional drink among most Mexicans. Pulque is highly nutritious but does not keep as well as beer and so fell into decline during the 20th century in favor of beer. Pulque is so nutritious that the Mexican government actually funded substantial research into finding ways to effectively preserve it. It can be canned like beer but, IIRC, it loses a lot of its flavor and becomes less appetizing when it is pasteurized.

  • exlib93

    Why should they care about their health, when whitey foots the bill?