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Activity and obesity of Colombian immigrants in Canada who use a food bank.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18065093     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The purpose of this study was to provide some preliminary description of the Latin-Canadian community by reporting the socioeconomic status, physical activity, and weight status (i.e., healthy weight, overweight, or obese status) of Colombians newly immigrated to London, Ontario Canada. Face-to-face interviews were conducted on a convenience sample of 77 adult Colombian immigrant food bank users (46.8% men; mean age 39.9 yr., SD=11.8). Physical activity was gauged using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire and self-report Body Mass Index, and sociodemographic data were collected. Of respondents, 47% had a university education, and 97% received social support. 61% met recommended levels of physical activity. Men were more active, being involved in about 130 min. more of exercise per week, and more men were overweight than women (63.9% versus 39.0%, respectively). Of respondents, 73% reported being less active than before coming to Canada. This pilot study indicates that Latin-Canadian immigrants are a vulnerable group in need of acculturational support. Further study is warranted.
Authors:
Victor Ng; Timothy J Rush; Meizi He; Jennifer D Irwin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perceptual and motor skills     Volume:  105     ISSN:  0031-5125     ISO Abbreviation:  Percept Mot Skills     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-10     Completed Date:  2008-01-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401131     Medline TA:  Percept Mot Skills     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  681-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Acculturation
Adult
Aged
Colombia / ethnology
Emigrants and Immigrants / psychology*,  statistics & numerical data
Ethnic Groups / psychology*
Exercise / psychology*
Female
Food Services* / utilization
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Obesity / epidemiology,  ethnology,  psychology*
Ontario
Overweight / epidemiology,  ethnology,  psychology
Questionnaires
Sex Factors
Social Support
Socioeconomic Factors
Utilization Review / statistics & numerical data

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