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Do Latino Immigrants Link Self-rated Health with BMI and Health Behaviors?

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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.

Keywords: Latinos; lifestyle behaviors; overweight; self-rated health

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: September 1, 2007

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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