Date of Graduation

Winter 12-16-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)


College of Arts and Sciences


International Studies

First Advisor

Dorothy Kidd

Second Advisor

William Goldman


Mexico has one of the most obese populations in the world. A country known for its diversity of rich flavorful food is drowning in low nutritional food products. This thesis examines Mexico’s obesity epidemic within the larger global context of international economic trade policies, public policies and Mexico’s health policies. The key research questions are 1) why is there an obesity epidemic in Mexico? and 2) what remedies should Mexico implement to control it? This thesis contributes to a viable policy strategy for the Mexican government to control and prevent the further increase of this obesity epidemic. Reviewing both the governmental and non-governmental policies and practices, I argue that an inclusive and united effort from both governmental and non-governmental organizations is crucial. I identify seven remedies that will help build a strong policy strategy: 1) increase physical movement in society; 2) promote health campaigns to educate individuals about the risks and consequences that junk food may inflict; 3) encourage the drinking of water instead of soft drinks; 4) regulate food sold in and around schools; 5) implement further fiscal regulations on low nutritional value products; 6) regulate marketing towards children from multinational food corporations; and 7) incentivize local markets by buying locally and supporting agricultural development.