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Benedicte Desrus October 1, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mexico.

Federico Gomez Children´s Hospital in Mexico City 2012

Benedicte Desrus (b. 1976, France) is 
represented by Sipa Press and covers breaking news for Reuters. Currently based in Mexico City, she has worked throughout Europe, East Africa, the United States and Latin America. Her work has appeared in: The New York Times, Harper’s magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Courrier International, Le Monde, Marie Claire and The Sunday Times Magazine among others. She has earned numerous awards including the Open Society Institute’s Moving Walls exhibition (2011), the XIV Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography (2011) Award and NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism (2012).

About the Photograph:

“Ubaldo Alexis Garcia Lopez is treated by doctors at an emergency room in the Federico Gomez Children´s Hospital in Mexico City for symptoms related to severe morbid obesity. Mexico holds the first place worldwide in childhood obesity and public health officials are increasingly alarmed by the rapid rise in child and youth obesity. About one-third of children in Mexico are now classified as either overweight or obese. Recently diabetes, of which obesity is a contributing factor, has become the number one cause of death in Mexico. Like many people I thought obesity was an epidemic only in developed countries, but it soon became apparent that it’s a global epidemic, one that will have a profound effect on society, economy, and most of all humanities health. The increase in obesity is happening faster in developing countries than in the developed World. “