Culture Project

By: Ali Butler

Diseases, Illnesses, Healthcare

  • Almost 70 percent of Mexicans are overweight and a third are obese, conditions that contribute to quickly rising rates of diabetes and heart disease.
  • Mexican congress pass new taxes on sugary drinks and junk food in an effort to the change dietary patterns that have contributed to these diseases.

Activities

  • Watching television is a favorite leisure activity, especially in urban areas.
  • men often gather on weekends to watch televised soccer games.
  • Women throughout the country enjoy making various crafts.
  • young girls embroider designs on tablecloths, dresses, and quilts, sometimes selling these goods in central markets.

Diet, Nutrition, Food-Traditions, eating styles, Celebrations, food connection to events.

  • Staple foods include corn, beans, rice, and chili's.
  • Popular “Mexican” foods and restaurants in the United States usually are very different from those found in Mexico.
  • a light breakfast, an early lunch, a main meal in the late afternoon, and a light snack called a cena or merienda at night.

Use of alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco

  • Mexico has been a well-known producer of drugs such as marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin, with the United States as its primary market.
  • In the 1990s, the pattern of trafficking shifted as Columbian cocaine manufacturers tired of losing product and personnel in drug enforcement seizures, and handed off cocaine trafficking into the U.S. to the Mexican drug trafficking organizations.
  • These openings at the top led to turf wars that have killed more than 7,000 people - most of them federal or local police or drug traffickers, but too many being innocent bystanders.

Family unit and relationship

  • The father represents masculine sensibilities and often strives.
  • Girls are often encouraged to display femininity in their dress and disposition, while boys are encouraged to play sports and spend time with male role models.
  • In some ethnic groups the mother is the leader, and more women from almost all groups are entering the formal workplace: 45 percent of women now work outside the home.
  • Rural men and women often work together in the fields.
  • beginning of a romantic relationship, small tokens such as flowers, candles, stuffed animals, or poems are often exchanged to express interest or love.
  • Teen pregnancy is common, and unmarried women tend to keep and raise the child with the help of their parents.
  • it is officially legal for same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

Explanation

I chose to do Mexico because I wanted to learn a little more behind a country that had the language that spoke Spanish. I learned a lot of exciting things while researching about Mexico and it was a good topic for me to learn more about also.