Revista Digital Universitaria
Revista Digital Universitaria ISSN: 1607 - 6079 | Publicación mensual | 1 de mayo de 2015 vol.16, No.5


Malnutrition and Obesity: Mexico’s Double Burden

Teresa Shamah Levy, Maritza Alejandra Amaya Castellanos, Lucia Cuevas Nasu

In Mexico, like in other world countries, we face a serious malnutrition problem: By one side more than a million of children have growth delay and -in the other hand- overweight and obesity affect millions of people throughout the country, this undoubtedly carry out an increase in the frequency of Diabetes and Hypertension.

Feeding patterns in our country are characterized by a high consumption of dense-energy foods and beverages, poor in fiber, vitamins and minerals, this contributes to the overweight and obesity epidemics. Taking this into account it would be important to rescue and aim the population feeding patterns to traditional foods like beans, quelites, maize, amaranth among others as well as natural fruits and vegetables, and at the same time to discourage the processed food and sweetened beverages consumption.

Keywords: undernutrition, obesity, diabetes mellitus arterial hypertension, food