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The influence of indigenous status and community indigenous composition on obesity and diabetes among Mexican adults

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  • Stoddard, Pamela
  • Handley, Margaret A.
  • Vargas Bustamante, Arturo
  • Schillinger, Dean
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    In many high-income countries, indigenous populations bear a higher burden of obesity and diabetes than non-indigenous populations. Less is known about these patterns in lower- and middle-income countries. We assessed the hypothesis that obesity and diabetes were less prevalent among indigenous than non-indigenous adults in Mexico, home to the largest indigenous population in Latin America. We investigated socioeconomic explanations for differences. In a related line of inquiry, we examine whether adults in communities with higher versus lower percentages of indigenous residents were buffered against these conditions. We assessed whether differences were partially explained by lower development in higher-indigenous communities.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 73 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 11 ()
    Pages: 1635-1643

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:73:y:2011:i:11:p:1635-1643

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    Keywords: Mexico; Obesity; Diabetes mellitus; Indigenous status; Ethnicity; Socioeconomic status; Community development;

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