Childhood obesity in Mexico.
Pedro Alfonso Ignacio Vanegas Bravo, a Mexican 17 year oldteenager, during a medical check-up after a consequent weight-loss at the Federico Gomez Children's Hospital in Mexico City, Mexico on September 20, 2013. Pedro became obese at age 7 and at one point weighed 128 kilos, a condition he inherited from his father who died of morbid obesity. In 2011 Pedro had a bariatric surgery and today he weighs 74.3 kilos. He is a student and passionate about playing American football. 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.