Food, eating and body image in the lives of low socioeconomic status rural Mexican women living in Queretaro State, Mexico

Kimoto, Riko, Ronquillo, Dolores, Caamaño, Maria C., Martinez, Guadalupe, Schubert, Lisa, Rosado, Jorge L., Garcia, Olga and Long, Kurt Z. (2014) Food, eating and body image in the lives of low socioeconomic status rural Mexican women living in Queretaro State, Mexico. Health & Place, 25 34-42. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.10.004

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Author Kimoto, Riko
Ronquillo, Dolores
Caamaño, Maria C.
Martinez, Guadalupe
Schubert, Lisa
Rosado, Jorge L.
Garcia, Olga
Long, Kurt Z.
Title Food, eating and body image in the lives of low socioeconomic status rural Mexican women living in Queretaro State, Mexico
Journal name Health & Place   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1353-8292
1873-2054
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.10.004
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 25
Start page 34
End page 42
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Abstract Qualitative research using semi-structured interviews and key informant interviews were used to explore how women from low socioeconomic rural households in Queretaro State, Mexico perceived and reacted to their obesogenic environment. Reduced availability of healthy food options and household financial constraints along with reduced agency of women in this setting were factors that limited women's ability to access and consume diets consistent with the promotion of good health. The cultural values that emphasised obesity as a desirable state for women and the women's social networks that promoted these values were also identified as playing a role in reinforcing certain behaviours. Public health advocates wanting to design interventions in such settings need to be sensitive to the cultural as well as the environmental context described for rural Mexican women.
Keyword Obesogenic environment
Mexican women
Low socio economic status
Obesity and overweight
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 25 October 2013

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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