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May 13, 2011 - Mexico City, Mexico - Mariel Lopez Alvarez, a thirteen year old mexican girl with obesity attends a nutrition program with her family at the obesity clinic at Federico Gomez Children´s Hospital of Mexico, to learn about how to improve their eating habits and eat healthy foods with the goal of losing weight and prevent morbid obesity. Mariel weights 87 kilos. She has a BMI of 35,9 and has acanthosis nigricans. Obesity is a massive epidemic affecting countries around the world. 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. There is also a high prevalence of obesity among the poor in Mexico. Photo credit: Benedicte Desrus