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Measuring UpA History of Living Standards in Mexico, 1850-1950$
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Moramay Lopez-Alonso

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773164

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773164.001.0001

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Health and Nutrition: The History

Health and Nutrition: The History

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(p.137) Chapter 1 Health and Nutrition: The History
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Measuring Up
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804773164.003.0007

This chapter examines the influence of health and nutrition on the evolution of the biological standards of living in Mexico. The analysis reveals that poor health status affected the evolution of biological standards of living of the popular classes for cohorts born between 1850 and 1950 and that there were sharp contrasts in diet across social classes. This chapter argues that the unequal provision of health services, dietary habits that perpetuated nutritional deficiencies among the popular classes, and unchanging fertility patterns all played a crucial role in creating the evolution and perpetuation of unequal living standards among the Mexican population.

Keywords:   health, nutrition, biological standards of living, Mexico, popular classes, dietary habits, health services, nutritional deficiencies, unequal living standards

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