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HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/OBESITY-MEXICO
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January 08, 2021
Food that contains approximately 6,600 calories that Daniela typically consumes in one day as she tries...
Texcoco, Mexico
The Wider Image: Temptation everywhere: Mexican children struggle with obesity
Food that contains approximately 6,600 calories that Daniela typically consumes in one day as she tries to lose weight while taking part in a weight loss program, is displayed for a photograph at her family home in Texcoco, Mexico, January 8, 2021. Daniela was 11 years old when a doctor told her she would not live more than another six or seven years. Weighing 75 kilos (165 lb), about twice the recommended weight for her age, she had just suffered a minor heart attack. That was two years ago. She still remembers the pain in her chest. Then she was also diagnosed with diabetes. Daniela knows the disease well: she watched eight family members die from its complications. "The doctor told me that I'll die, that I'll not even turn 18 years old," she said. Now Daniela is 14 years old and weighs 81 kilos. Reuters was unable to contact the doctor, who treated Daniela at a different facility previously, but her current caseworker confirmed Daniela's account. "Instead of losing weight, I put on more," Daniela added. Nutritionist Betzabe Salgado, who works at Hospital Infantil de Mexico Federico Gomez, where Daniela is undergoing a weight loss program, calculated the calorie amount. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso SEARCH "JASSO OBESITY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. THE IMAGES SHOULD ONLY BE USED TOGETHER WITH THE STORY - NO STAND-ALONE USES.
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