Migration and Health Outcomes in Purepecha Sending Communities Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Godinez, Isaura
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
  • This pilot study explores the effects of remittances on health outcomes, dietary and physical activity patterns, and inequality among the Purepecha, an indigenous group of Michoacán, Mexico. Data were collected from 37 men and women in 5 Purepecha communities in Michoacán during July 2015. Data consisted of anthropometric variables, components of diet, levels of physical activity and key socioeconomic variables. Overweight and obesity are high; 74.4% of participants have a BMI above 25 kg/m2. Receiving remittances is not significantly associated with an elevated blood pressure, elevated BMI, or with higher consumption of soft drinks or meat. As for socioeconomic status, receiving remittances is negatively and significantly associated with income, occupation type, and ownership of key consumer goods. Further study with a larger sample size is necessary to further explore the influencing factors on high levels of overweight and obesity and on high levels of elevated blood pressure.
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  • Sorensen, Mark
  • Skinner, Debra
  • Thompson, Amanda
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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