“Exposure” to U.S. May Raise Immigrants’ Obesity Risk

Andrew Seaman, Yahoo! News, November 15, 2012

A new study finds that the longer immigrants from Mexico, and their U.S.-born offspring, spend in the United States, the greater their odds of becoming obese.

Compared to similar individuals living in Mexico, researchers found the grandchildren of immigrants to the U.S. from Mexico were three times more likely to be obese adults.


Past research has found that immigrants to the U.S. are typically healthier in many ways than people in their ethnic groups who were born in the U.S.

In February, one study found that Hispanics born abroad had a much lower risk of stroke than their counterparts who were either born or spent most of their lives in the U.S. (see Reuters Health story of March 7, 2012.)


For the study, the researchers used one database from Mexico and another from the U.S. with information on 3,244 people’s body mass index (BMI), a measurement of weight in relation to height.


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  • French_reader1

    Childhood and teenage obesity reduces lifespan and fertility. It also lowers testosterone levels. It even prevents the growth of male genitals. Overall, it’s much more crippling than for adults.

    So it seems that, in the long run, the best American strategists may be MacDonald’s and Colonel Sanders.

  • mobilebay

    Goodness! We sure don’t want to aid and abet the obesity problem of Mexicans. so let’s help them go home where I’m sure their diet is full of all sorts of good stuff that makes them keep their svelt figures. Adios.

  • How curious; the exposure of Americans to Mexicans may result is a shortened life for the American. Think that will get a government grant for a long-term study?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      We already have such a government-funded study: it is called the FBI Uniform Crime Reports.

  • You Are Now Enriched

    Exposure to Amnesty Dreams raises health risks in White community.

  • Greg Thomas

    What are the long-term health risks to White Americans from over “exposure” to third world,illegal invading mexicans? Can we please have a study to explore that risk? Oh,
    the mexicans were fat when they got here. Generous helpings of White tax payer dollars
    via EBT only made them fatter.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    Food expenses are a much smaller part of a family budget here in the US than in Mexico, so they eat more here. There’s also the hyper-availability of fast foods and convenience foods, loaded with salt and fat, as well as soft drinks full of corn sweetener.

    Coupled with the lower intelligence of Mestizos and their lack of education, these factors produce unpleasant results.

    • The Mexicans I work with think that eating healthy means making sure that their soda is made with cane sugar!

      • Michael_C_Scott

        It’s healthier than corn sweetener.

        • Xanthippe2

          And, it is not true of the average Mexican.

    • Xanthippe2

      And there are genetic components to obesity. These are commonly (tho ackwardly) mentioned in medical literature but “oddly” missing from the mainstream media.

      • Are you referring to the strong genetic link between Amerinds and an inability to process refined sugar?

  • What doesn’t seem to be mentioned here is that Mexico’s obesity rates are already second only to those of the US. Yet our media loves to give the impression that Mexicans are in danger of starvation in their home country

    Actually, compared with the rest of the world, Mexico is not particularly poor. At any rate it’s certainly in the top third of the world in regards to wealth.

    • mobilebay

      You’re right, Mr. Dillon. Last time I checked, Mexico ranked about 14th on the chart of the world’s countries according to financial standing. Their problem is the fact that all its money is concentrated within their government/elite/drug cartels. The population is ignored or urged to immigrate to the US, where we must pay for their upkeep from birth to death.
      And, ASAP, our President is going to present them with out most precious birthright – citizenship. It comes cheap nowadays.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    I did some checking, and overindulgence in soft drinks containing high-fructose corn sweetener may be a large part of this obesity epidemic.

    Glucose is absorbed from the gut directly to the bloodstream, where its uptake by cells is regulated by insulin. Fructose, on the other hand is metabolized mainly by the liver, and this process increases production of fatty triglycerides. Not only does this simulate the effects of a high-fat diet, but it helps cause fatty liver disease (the predecessor to liver cirrhosis) and heart disease.