Aging and health behaviors in Mexican Americans

Kyriakos S. Markides, Sandra A. Black

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This article discusses selected health behaviors and how they influence health in old age among Mexican Americans based on the literature and a recent large-scale study of elderly subjects. Particular focus is given to smoking, alcohol consumption, obesity and physical activity, and cancer-screening behaviors. Sociocultural factors influencing these health behaviors include socioeconomic status, language barriers, and level of acculturation into the larger society. Implications for health promotion are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1996


  • Alcohol consumption
  • Health behaviors
  • Mexican Americans
  • Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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