Migrant networks and pathways to child obesity in Mexico

Mathew J. Creighton, Noreen Goldman, Graciela Teruel, Luis Rubalcava

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The purpose of this paper is twofold: 1) to assess the link between migrant networks and becoming overweight or obese and 2) to explore the pathways by which migrant networks may contribute to the increasing overweight and obese population of children in Mexico. Using two waves of the Mexican Family Life Survey (MxFLS), we find that children and adolescents (ages 3 to 15) living in households with migrant networks are at an increased risk of becoming overweight or obese over the period of observation, relative to their peers with no migrant networks. Sedentary behavior and household-level measures of economic wellbeing explain some of the association between networks and changes in weight status, but the role of extended networks remains significant. Community-level characteristics related to migration do not account for any of the observed relationship between household-level networks and becoming overweight or obese.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-693
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


  • Mexico
  • Migration
  • Networks
  • Obesity


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