For many, non-communicable diseases such as diabetes are a family affair. Rosa Isela Martinez, who lives in Celeya, about 200 kilometres north of Mexico City, visits the grave of her father, who suffered from diabetes, as does her husband. Both parents also struggle with obesity and they hope to break the cycle by restricting their children’s sugar intake. It’s a struggle because both she and her husband work long hours and often eat only once or twice a day. This habit, common among the poorer, working class, can be unhealthy as it slows down the body’s metabolism and encourages desperate, erratic eating. Photo: Nadia Shira Cohen/IFRC


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