Mexico’s Diabetes Epidemic

Note:  Shortly after writing this, Mexico was declared the official fattest country in the world.

As Steve Sailer has pointed out (here, here and here), Mexico is the second fattest country in the world, next to the United States, and, according to experts, on its way to becoming most obese.  I suspect that if you were to subtract the Hispanics / mestizos and blacks from the American data and only compare European Americans with Mexicans, Mexico would already be the most obese country in the world.  As was recently reported:

“With each bite into a greasy taco and slurp of a sugary drink, Mexico hurtles toward what health experts predict will be a public health crisis from diabetes-related disease.

A fifth of all Mexican women and more than a quarter of men are believed to be at risk for diabetes now. It’s already the nation’s No. 1 killer, taking some 70,000 lives a year, far more than gangster violence.”

Mexicans are facing a diabetes epidemic, perhaps the worst the world has ever seen.  Mexico currently has the second highest diabetes rate in the world, and soon expected to have the highest.

What the causes of this rapid obesity and diabetes epidemic are, health experts are still arguing.

First, Mexican food, on average, is extremely low in nutritional value and extremely high in calories.  While traditional Mexican meals already were quite high in calories and low in nutritional value, add to these recent popular food items like the chocolate filled Twinkie-like cake called “Gansito” and you have an extremely high-calorie diet.

Second, recent wealth and more contact with the USA have increased opportunities for Mexicans to eat more Westernized foods, especially fast, junk and high-carb foods. Someone on NPR recently suggested that Mexicans’ diets have drastically changed over the last decade or two.

Yet, all of this seems to be symptomatic, not getting at the real roots, for even if Mexicans’ diets have changed, they’re eating the same garbage that whites or now many North Asians are eating, yet they seem to suffer more.

Looking at the racial demographics of Mexico, Mexico is roughly 30% Amerindian and 60% Mestizo (of whom the average admixture, at least for the lower classes, is 59% Amerindian, 34% Spaniard, and 6% black).

I wonder whether something else might be going on.

Using Dennis Mangan as a point of departure, the recent increased wealth in Mexico added to increased access to calories might be acting as supernormal stimuli.  Mexicans also might have lower impulse-control, making it more difficult for them to withstand the temptation of nearly limitless access to calories.

Another possibility, given the largely non-European ancestry of most Mexicans, is that Mexicans might not be well adapted to eat Western foods and are suffering accordingly. This would be an interesting study.  Already there have been some studies showing that different races gain and lose weight differently.

Regardless, this could have real consequences in the USA.   A recent study found that people with diabetes usually make around $160,000 less over a 40-year period because of complications.   Healthcare costs for people with diabetes are around 2.3x higher than for the non-diabetic.  Current costs for diabetes in the USA are staggering.  Add to this the rising Hispanic population in the USA of whom many will probably develop diabetes and the fact that many Mexicans will come to the USA to try to receive free treatment for diabetes, and there very well could be a healthcare crisis.

Mexicans

Update:

Mexico was just declared the fattest country in the world.

Mexicans, fattest people on planet, at genetic risk for diabetes?”

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12 thoughts on “Mexico’s Diabetes Epidemic

  1. Could it be that meztizos have always been prone to diabetes, and have higher rates, and that it was just never known before they found the teet of free American healthcare?

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  6. The most Westernized (Americanized) segments, and thanks to economic “prosperity” (economic boom from globalization), are the fattest and have the worse attitudes and manners. That’s what I noticed in Central and South American countries.

    The thing is thought I think that Mexico, being a Central American country, is much, much fatter than South American countries like Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, which while fat and having certain hot stops, seem to be more moderate (less proximity to the USA, the better the culture?).

    South American countries are much more mixed with European and Asian, in addition to Native Indigenous American Indian and Black. The average percentage of European blood is 50-60% in average South American people (meaning including middle and lower classes, it’s about 50% white in an average person there), compared to Central American types (which are more Native American Indian and are the opposite, being 50% Native American Indian).

  7. So it’s a combination that causes obesity:

    1 – Economic Prosperity (e.g. economic boom due to globalization)
    2 – Western Culture (e.g. bad attitudes, which makes a person uglier, because inner and outer beauty tend to be combined, connected and intersected)
    3 – Demographics (e.g. Central American countries are much less European than South American types)
    4 – Income (e.g. lower income people are fatter and more obese, thanks to cheapness of Westernized fast food, drinks and sweets)

  8. I know this post is old, but allow me to update the topic with a few facts:

    Mexico is the second fattest country in the world, next to the United States, and, according to experts, on its way to becoming most obese. I suspect that if you were to subtract the Hispanics / mestizos and blacks from the American data and only compare European Americans with Mexicans, Mexico would already be the most obese country in the world. As was recently reported:

    You’d be correct in that Mexico would be a higher contender (thought not necessarily #1):

    A Fat World – With a Fat Secret? | JayMan’s Blog

    Another possibility, given the largely non-European ancestry of most Mexicans, is that Mexicans might not be well adapted to eat Western foods and are suffering accordingly. This would be an interesting study. Already there have been some studies showing that different races gain and lose weight differently.

    As per the previous post, that would seem to be the case.

    Regardless, this could have real consequences in the USA. A recent study found that people with diabetes usually make around $160,000 less over a 40-year period because of complications.

    Well, it’s not like that’s an apples-to-apples comparison:

    Obesity and IQ | JayMan’s Blog

    Add to this the rising Hispanic population in the USA of whom many will probably develop diabetes and the fact that many Mexicans will come to the USA to try to receive free treatment for diabetes, and there very well could be a healthcare crisis.

    There is that…

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