Overweight and obesity among foreign-born and U.S.-born hispanics

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In this study, data from the New Immigrant Survey and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey are combined to examine patterns of overweight and obesity among U.S.-born and foreign-born Hispanics. Results indicate that, after using height and weight measures adjusted for self-reporting bias, foreign-born Hispanic men and women have substantially lower likelihoods of being overweight and obese than the U.S.-born. However, both likelihoods increase as years in the U.S. accumulate for the foreign-born. Controls for smoking behavior, physical activity, and the degree of dietary change do not reduce the strength of the positive relationship between years in the U.S. and overweight/obesity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-199
Number of pages17
JournalBiodemography and Social Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Anthropology
  • Genetics


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