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Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 11:00 pm | Updated: 11:58 pm, Wed Jul 10, 2013.

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has surpassed the United States in levels of adult obesity, a dubious distinction that experts attribute to Mexicans abandoning their traditional diet for processed snack foods and drinks.

Almost one-third of adult Mexicans, 32.8 percent, are obese, compared to 31.8 percent of Americans, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Both trail such countries as Egypt, which clocks in at 34.6 percent, Kuwait at 42.8 percent, and the Micronesian island of Nauru at 71.1 percent.

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