U.S. Migration, Translocality, and the Acceleration of the Nutrition Transition in Mexico

Fernando Riosmena, Reanne Frank, Ilana Redstone Akresh, Rhiannon A. Kroeger

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Migrant flows are generally accompanied by extensive social, economic, and cultural links between origins and destinations, transforming the former's community life, livelihoods, and local practices. Previous studies have found a positive association between these translocal ties and better child health and nutrition. We contend that focusing on children only provides a partial view of a larger process affecting community health, accelerating the nutrition transition in particular. We use a Mexican nationally representative survey with socioeconomic, anthropometric, and biomarker measures, matched to municipal-level migration intensity and marginalization measures from the Mexican 2000 Census to study the association between adult body mass and community migration intensity. Our findings from multilevel models suggest a significant and positive relationship between community-level migration intensity and the individual risk of being overweight and obese, with significant differences by gender and with remittance intensity playing a preponderant role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1209-1218
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Mexico
  • international migration
  • nutrition transition
  • obesity
  • translocality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


Dive into the research topics of 'U.S. Migration, Translocality, and the Acceleration of the Nutrition Transition in Mexico'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this