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Predictors of obesity in latino children: acculturation as a moderator of the relationship between food insecurity and body mass index percentile.
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PMID:  19472054     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
As Latino children acculturate to the United States, they are at risk for excess weight gain. Existing literature suggests that higher levels of food insecurity may predict obesity, but the role of acculturation is not well understood. Latino children ages 2-17 of both immigrant and non-immigrant parents (n = 63) were recruited from a primary care clinic serving low income families. Child anthropometric measures, and parent acculturation and food insecurity measures were collected via self-administered questionnaires. Over 63% of the patients were either overweight or obese according to criteria established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Regression analysis revealed acculturation as a significant moderating variable between food insecurity and BMI percentile, F(5,12) = 4.836, P = .017, R (2) = .707 in children of Latino immigrants. The identification of this relationship may serve to facilitate in the development of future weight-gain prevention interventions in primary care settings within Latino immigrant populations.
Joanna Buscemi; Bettina M Beech; George Relyea
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1557-1920     ISO Abbreviation:  J Immigr Minor Health     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101256527     Medline TA:  J Immigr Minor Health     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  149-54     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, 202 Psychology Building, Memphis, TN, 38152, USA,
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