Oportunidades Program Participation and Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure, and Self-Reported Health in Mexican Adults


Lia Fernald, Paul Gertler, Xiaohi Hou


 conditional cash transfer program, health behavior , hypertension, Mexico, obesity, rural


Preventing Chronic Disease

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Policy Summary

Participation in Oportunidades, a large-scale cash transfer program was associated with lower prevalence of obesity and hypertension and better self-reported health in adults in rural Mexico. These findings have implications for large-scale poverty alleviation programs paired with health behavior requirements and policies that support them to curb rapidly increasing obesity and related noncommunicable diseases around the world.

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