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Risk Factors for Overweight and Obesity among Mexican Children in New York


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1 Department of Society and Culture, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Carretera Panamericana y Periferico Sur s/n, Barrio Maria Auxiliadora, 29290 San Cristobal de Las Casas, CHIS, Mexico
2 Department of Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY, Arts & Sciences 327, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222, United States
 

This paper analyses the risk factors for being overweight or obese among the children of Mexican migrants in the United States. It draws on a qualitative study consisting of in-depth interviews and participant observation with 30 parents in New York State. Findings indicate risks related to nutritional deficiencies and food insecurity before migration, adaptation to US lifestyles, and the cultural tendency to value being overweight as a sign of greater health and higher socioeconomic status. Findings also show that mothers use various strategies to resist the excessive consumption of fast food, yet they simultaneously experience dilemmas around the family's consumption due to the gender norm that women are responsible for children's diet.
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Esperanza Tunon-Pablos
Department of Society and Culture, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Carretera Panamericana y Periferico Sur s/n, Barrio Maria Auxiliadora, 29290 San Cristobal de Las Casas, CHIS, Mexico
Joanna Dreby
Department of Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY, Arts & Sciences 327, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222, United States

Abstract


This paper analyses the risk factors for being overweight or obese among the children of Mexican migrants in the United States. It draws on a qualitative study consisting of in-depth interviews and participant observation with 30 parents in New York State. Findings indicate risks related to nutritional deficiencies and food insecurity before migration, adaptation to US lifestyles, and the cultural tendency to value being overweight as a sign of greater health and higher socioeconomic status. Findings also show that mothers use various strategies to resist the excessive consumption of fast food, yet they simultaneously experience dilemmas around the family's consumption due to the gender norm that women are responsible for children's diet.