Although a middle class has struggled to expand in the cities, the principal division is between the wealthy well-educated elite and the urban and rural poor, who constitute the vast majority of the population. An increasing proportion of the rural population is landless and depends on day labour, often at less than minimum wages, for survival.
By far the largest segment of the urban population is in the lowest socioeconomic class.Many city dwellers have incomes below the official poverty level, including a significant percentage of workers who are government employees.People do not want to be regimented or structured, and don't want to deny the occasional carb, fast-food lunch or dessert.Most (76 percent) say eliminating an entire food group from one's diet is unhealthy.The biggest changes are that Americans are not dieting — only 25 percent are currently on diets to lose weight.
But they are making lifestyle changes such as eating smaller portions and reducing sugar intake.
Double standards also tend to prevail in regard to dating, leisure activities, and educational choices.
Many males believe that their self-identity is tied to displays of , in reference to the Virgin Mary.
"They're getting the message that what you eat is really such a component of a healthy life, and a good life, and maybe even preventive in terms of disease and illness."This national mail survey was done in March with 2,088 adults between the ages of 18 and 65.
"When we look at what they're doing, there have been a lot of improvements but it's kind of a mixed bag," Carpentier says.
As in other countries, weddings are some of the more-lavish family-oriented events in Mexico, but many families also celebrate a young woman’s (15th-birthday party) with similar extravagance.