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Are women’s empowerment and income inequality associated with excess weight in Latin American cities?

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dc.contributor.author Tumas, Natalia
dc.contributor.author Rodríguez López, Santiago
dc.contributor.author Mazariegos, Mónica
dc.contributor.author Ortigoza, Ana
dc.contributor.author Anza Ramírez, Cecilia
dc.contributor.author Pérez Ferrer, Carolina
dc.contributor.author Moore, Kari A.
dc.contributor.author Yamada, Goro
dc.contributor.author Carvalho Menezes, Mariana
dc.contributor.author Sarmiento, Olga L.
dc.contributor.author Pericàs, Juan
dc.contributor.author Belvis, Francesc Xavier
dc.contributor.author Lazo, Mariana
dc.contributor.author Benach, Joan
dc.date.accessioned 2023-05-19T06:07:53Z
dc.date.available 2023-05-19T06:07:53Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Tumas N, Rodríguez López S, Mazariegos M, Ortigoza A, Ramírez CA, Pérez Ferrer C, Moore K, Yamada G, Carvalho Menezes M, Sarmiento OL, Pericàs JM, Belvis Costes F, Lazo M, Benach J. Are women’s empowerment and income inequality associated with excess weight in Latin American cities?. J Urban Health. 2022;99(6):1091-103. DOI: 10.1007/s11524-022-00689-5
dc.identifier.issn 1099-3460
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/56906
dc.description.abstract While income gradients and gender inequalities in excess weight have been noted elsewhere, data from Latin American cities is lacking. We analyzed gender-specific associations between city-level women’s empowerment and income inequality with individual-level overweight/obesity, assessing how these associations vary by individual education or living conditions within cities in Latin America. Data came from national surveys and censuses, and was compiled by the SALURBAL project (Urban Health in Latin America). The sample included 79,422 individuals (58.0% women), living in 538 sub-cities, 187 cities, and 8 countries. We used gender-stratified Poisson multilevel models to estimate the Prevalence Rate Ratios (PRR) for overweight/obesity (body mass index ≥ 25 kg/m2) per a unit change in city-level women’s empowerment (proxied by a score that measures gender inequalities in employment and education) and income inequality (proxied by income-based Gini coefficient). We also tested whether individual education or sub-city living conditions modified such associations. Higher city labor women’s empowerment (in women) and higher city Gini coefficient (in men) were associated with a lower prevalence of overweight/obesity (PRR = 0.97 (95%CI 0.94, 0.99) and PRR = 0.94 (95%CI 0.90, 0.97), respectively). The associations varied by individual education and sub-city living conditions. For labor women’s empowerment, we observed weakened associations towards the null effect in women with lower education and in residents of sub-cities with worse living conditions (men and women). For the Gini coefficient, the association was stronger among men with primary education, and a negative association was observed in women with primary education. Our findings highlight the need for promoting equity-based policies and interventions to tackle the high prevalence of excess weight in Latin American cities.
dc.description.sponsorship This work received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement Nº 89102 (Dr. Tumas was supported by this grant). Joan Benach gratefully acknowledges the financial support by ICREA under the ICREA Academia programme.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Urban Health. 2022;99(6):1091-103.
dc.relation.isreferencedby https://drexel.edu/lac/data-evidence
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dc.title Are women’s empowerment and income inequality associated with excess weight in Latin American cities?
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11524-022-00689-5
dc.subject.keyword Women’s empowerment
dc.subject.keyword Income inequality
dc.subject.keyword Overweight
dc.subject.keyword Obesity
dc.subject.keyword Cities
dc.subject.keyword Latin America
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/H2020/89102
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
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