Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: The burden of disease in developing
countries has traditionally been characterized by undernutrition and infectious
diseases. However, lifestyle in many developing countries now parallels that
in the developed world, with increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity.1 It is unclear, however, how the prevalence of obesity
varies across levels of socioeconomic status within such societies. We examined
the prevalence of overweight and obesity among the rural poor in Mexico in
comparison with a national sample.
Fernald LC, Gutierrez JP, Neufeld LM, Olaiz G, Bertozzi SM, Mietus-Snyder M, Gertler PJ. High Prevalence of Obesity Among the Poor in Mexico. JAMA. 2004;291(21):2544-2545. doi:10.1001/jama.291.21.2544