Big, Bigger, Biggest

Argentina’s infants are the fattest in Latin America, 7.3 percent of the country’s babies are considered obese, according to the Santiago Regional Office of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Brazil and Mexico follow Argentina in terms of infant and early childhood obesity rates.

In Brazil, one in three children aged 5 to 9 years are overweight, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), while in Mexico, one in four children aged between five and eleven are overweight or obese.

In Latin America, "obesity has become a growing problem that coexists with starvation. So we have to start taking preventive measures," said Diego Molano, director of Social Action of Colombia, the state agency responsible for implementing government social programs.

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