In Mexico City, commuters can exchange squats for a free subway ride

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Mexico has one of the worst obesity rates in the world — 32.8 percent of the population were in the dangerously overweight category in 2013. In an attempt to improve the health and fitness of its citizens, the Mexican government has intervened, installing motion sensitive machines in the city's subway stations, which will give a free ticket — usually five pesos — to any commuter who completes ten squats. We have seen similar initiatives, using monetary incentives to encourage exercise and healthy eating, elsewhere around the world. The Russian government ran a like-minded scheme in Moscow in the run up…

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