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Studies by the Health Department show that a startling 68 percent of Mexican adults are overweight and 29 percent are obese — just behind the United States, where 74 percent are overweight and 39 percent obese
The changing dietary habits have come as Mexico has switched from a largely protectionist to an extremely globalized economy.
Since it enacted the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994, imports of processed food and drinks have soared.
The nation now consumes more Coca Cola products per capita than anywhere else in the world: a total of 635 eight-ounce bottles per person each year. The amount represents a threefold increase compared to 1988.