Despite the increase of health qualities in the United States over the past 10 years, socioeconomic status still is a major cofounding variable in obesity and diabetes relevance. The consequences of obesity and diabetes are overbearing for taxpayers across the country. As this study was done, the underlying question becomes evident, why are lower economic status families along the Mexican American border plagued with weight related issues? According to the journal, Mexican Americans within the first four household income quartiles had no difference in obesity frequency. But, the first quartiles had much higher chances of having diabetes compared to the third quartile.
As shown in the image above, most of the families living within the first quartile (most poor), lived along or closest to the border between the United States and Mexico. Whereas the third (more rich) quartile, lives farther in Texas.
Fisher-Hoch, Susan P., et al. "Socioeconomic status and prevalence of obesity and diabetes in a Mexican American community, Cameron County, Texas, 2004–2007." Prev Chronic Dis 7.3 (2010): A53.