Mexico City metro offers 50,000 free tickets to commuters who perform ten squats in bid to tackle obesity

Drastic times call for drastic measures after Mexico is named second on the world obese list

The possible cure for obesity has been discovered in Mexico: offer people free travel if they exercise.

After the country was ranked second in the world for obesity, with an estimated 37 million people overweight, drastic measures were resorted to in the nation's capital, Mexico City.

Mexico City Metro, which services over 1 billion people every year, introduced 30 "health stops" in 21 stations across the city, where an electric meter counts the number of squats an individual performs.

If the person completes 10 squats, they are given a free metro ticket. Mexico City Metro are offering 50,000 tickets to people who complete 10 squats.

As the individual performs each squat, the screen in front of them offers tips on how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

One commuter, Monica Velazquez, said, "I think it’s a very good activity, it’s promoting having good health to people who spend a lot of time sitting down without doing anything."

12 stations also include clinics that treat the obese, offering free advice and medical treatment.