Migration as a Determinant of Childhood Obesity

Migration as a determinant of childhood obesity in the United States and Latin America
Posted on 05/26/2021
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HLM Highlights:
Both international and intranational migration of individuals, families, and communities affect childhood obesity rates. A recent study explored two primary aspects of this.
First, migrant acculturation in new environments can increase the risk of childhood obesity. The change of eating habits, stress due to migration, isolation and loneliness can all contribute to this.
Second, economic and social ties between migrants and their original communities can even increase the risk of childhood obesity in the original community. 
Binational programs provide a promising avenue to address these issues. A great example is the VDS; a collaboration between Mexico and the U.S. that a) focuses on cultural sensitivity b) is accessible throughout the U.S. c) addresses migrant fear of social service usage and d) tackles structural inequalities. 
These findings highlight the importance of migration as it relates to social determinants of health. It has the potential to greatly improve or worsen childhood obesity outcomes.
Read full test here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/obr.13240