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It may be time to stop ignoring our expanding waistlines and slow down the Freddo ice cream stop-ins. Argentina has just officially ranked as the country with most obese adult men in all of Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a report published by  the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), titled  “Panorama de la Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional en América Latina y el Caribe.” (Food and nutritional security scenario in Latin America and the Caribbean).

Obesity in Argentina is not a new, shocking topic. According to multiple reports, obesity rates have swiftly been climbing among all demographics. A report by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that child obesity in the country has grown by 30 percent among boys and 10 percent in girls between 1980 and 2015. Moreover, the FAO and PAHO report indicated that 26.7 percent of the male population is affected by this imbalance, which pose significant health risks to the population.

The results also stated that in the past year hunger has increased  for the first time in the region, following a decade of decline. It increased by six percent, compared to the previous measurement.

The organizations informed that this happened because hunger rates increased in six out of the 32 countries surveyed, and that Argentina is one of them with a 0.2 percent increase. This means that malnutrition affects 42.5 million inhabitants of the region, an increase of 2.4 million people compared to the previous measurement. In contrast, 21 countries were able to reduce their own rates.