Obesity-promoting factors in Mexican children and adolescents

challenges and opportunities

Magaly Aceves Martins, Elisabet Llauradó, Lucia Tarro, Rosa Solà, Montse Giralt

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BACKGROUND: Mexico is a developing country with one of the highest youth obesity rates worldwide; >34% of children and adolescents between 5 and 19 years of age are overweight or obese. OBJECTIVES: The current review seeks to compile, describe, and analyze dietary conditions, physical activity, socioeconomic status, and cultural factors that create and exacerbate an obesogenic environment among Mexican youth. DESIGN: A narrative review was performed using PubMed and the Cochrane Library databases, as well as grey literature data from the Mexican government, academics, and statistical reports from nongovernmental organizations, included in electronic formats. RESULTS: The recent socioeconomic and nutritional transition has resulted in reduced healthy meal options at public schools, high rates of sedentary lifestyles among adolescents, lack of open spaces and playgrounds, socioeconomic deprivation, false or misunderstood sociocultural traditional beliefs, misconceptions about health, a high percentage of overweight or obese adults, and low rates of maternal breastfeeding. Some of the factors identified are exacerbating the obesity problem in this population. Current evidence also shows that more policies and health programs are needed for prevention of childhood and adolescent obesity. Mexico presents alarming obesity levels, which need to be curtailed and urgently reversed. CONCLUSIONS: The present narrative review presents an overview of dietary, physical activity, societal and cultural preconceptions that are potentially modifiable obesity-promoting factors in Mexican youth. Measures to control these factors need to be implemented in all similar developing countries by governments, policy makers, stakeholders, and health care professionals to tackle obesity in children and young people.
Original languageEnglish
Article number29625
JournalGlobal Health Action
Volume9
Issue number1
Early online date18 Jan 2016
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Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • health determinants
  • developing countries
  • childhood obesity
  • health and environmental change

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Obesity-promoting factors in Mexican children and adolescents : challenges and opportunities. / Aceves Martins, Magaly; Llauradó, Elisabet; Tarro, Lucia; Solà, Rosa; Giralt, Montse.

In: Global Health Action, Vol. 9, No. 1, 29625, 2016.

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Aceves Martins, Magaly ; Llauradó, Elisabet ; Tarro, Lucia ; Solà, Rosa ; Giralt, Montse. / Obesity-promoting factors in Mexican children and adolescents : challenges and opportunities. In: Global Health Action. 2016 ; Vol. 9, No. 1.
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