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Has the US exported its obesity epidemic to Mexico?
1 marzo-8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC-3
Research has found that 20% of the increase in obesity in Mexico can be explained by exposure to US food exports.
Mexico has seen a tremendous increase in obesity and diabetes over the past decades, while trade in food and beverages with the US soared. This begs the question: is there a causal effect of trade in foods on the prevalence of obesity in Mexico? The infographic below presents the key research findings.
The research is published in the leading Journal of International Economics. For the study, the researchers matched data on anthropometrics (body measurements) of Mexican women, data on trade in Mexican food imports from the US and data on Mexican household food expenditure.