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CHILDHOOD OBESITY IN MEXICO<br />
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May 2011 – Mexico City, Mexico - Ubaldo Alexis Garcia Lopez, a ten year old Mexican boy, is being treated by doctors and puts on oxygen machine at the emergency room of the Federico Gomez Children's Hospital in Mexico City for symptoms related to Morbid Obesity. Ubaldo weights 169 pounds and weighs 145 centimetres. He has a BMI of 36,5 and was diagnosed with chronic severe obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea, Metabolic Syndrome X and acanthosis nigricans. <br />
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Ubaldo is a young student from a family living in Iztapalapa, one of the poorest areas in the Mexican capital. <br />
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The poor in Mexico have a difficult time accessing preventive health care and education about unhealthy food. There is a high prevalence of obesity among the poor in Mexico.<br />
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Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally. Mexico has one of the highest obesity rates in the world, and public health officials are increasingly alarmed by the rapid rise in child and youth obesity. Mexico holds the first place worldwide in childhood obesity. About one-third of children in Mexico are now classified as either overweight or obese. This is the highest rate in the world, even higher than in the United States - which historically had the highest rate.<br />
Also, diabetes, of which obesity is a contributing factor, has become the No. 1 cause of death in Mexico.<br />
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UPDATE<br />
When I met Ubaldo in 2011, he weighed 169 pounds and was 145 centimeters tall with a BMI of 36,5. He was close to death and had to go to the emergency room.<br />
In 2012, he weighed 157,4 pounds and weighs 151,4 centimeters. He has a BMI of 31,1. He has reduced his weight with the help of doctors, a more balance diet and the use of a BPAP machine, which help treats his breathing difficulties. He continue his studies and with his parents, he attends the weekly nutrition program of the obesity clinic at the Federico Gomez Children's Hospital in Mexico City to learn about nutrition and follow a more healthy diet.