The Health Department of Zihuatanejo recently reported that 80% of the population in Zihuatanejo is overweight or obese! And, even more troubling is that 60% of all children, and 3 out of 10 elementary school children are also overweight. The problem is very grave for youth around 15 years.1
The cause? Eating habits and lack of exercise.
As reported in the local news, Onasis Pinzón Oregón, the health coordinator for the city said, “There is a great battle currently to develop a basic strategy to help parents and their kids to lead a healthier lifestyle.” Obesity can lead to many illnesses including diabetes and hypertension.
This news about the city’s obesity problem comes on the heels of a report that 10 international food companies, mostly American, produce, control and sell most of the food and beverages that are consumed around the world.1
These companies include Nestlé, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg’s, Mars, Associated British Foods and Mondelez that produce processed foods, cereals, candies, snacks, beverages, etc. Grocery stores in Zihuatanejo and throughout Mexico are lined with these processed products.
The grocery store aisles in Zihuatanejo and throughout Mexico are full with many American brands of processed foods that have high sugar content.
First, local health officials warn families to control their consumption of foods and beverages with high sugar contest and those that do not support healthy nutrition. They also recommend 10 – 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
Some local mothers are calling for families to “go back to basics,” remembering that Zihuatanejo started as a fishing village with plentiful fruits and vegetables. Organic and vegan foods are growing more popular.
- “Obesos, 80 per ciento de los azuetenses, advierte Salud,” Despertar de la Costa, June 15, 2017, page 4
- ”Estas son las 10 marcas que controlan todo lo que compras (y tu vida).” Bizxt., April 4, 2017. http://gobiznext.com/empresas/estas-las-10-marcas-controlan-lo-compras-vida/
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