Do Latino Immigrants Link Self-rated Health with BMI and Health Behaviors?
Abstract:Objectives : To assess the association between self-rated health, obesity, and self-reported health behaviors of Latino immigrants
Methods : Two hundred two Latino immigrants (mean age=31.63, SD=8.30, 54% female) participated in a 15-minute interview and height and weight measurements.
Results : Participants reporting good to excellent health reported engaging in physical activity during the past month (P<.05), eating more fruits and vegetables (P<.001 and P<.01 respectively), and watching less television (P<.01) than did those who reported fair to poor health. Self-rated health was not associated with BMI.
Conclusions : Greater attention to Latinos' self-perception of health in relation to weight is needed to develop interventions to improve health status.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 1, 2007
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