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Ethnic-immigrant Disparities in Total and Abdominal Obesity in the US

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Objectives: To examine sex-specific disparities in total and abdominal obesity prevalence across 6 ethnic-immigrant groups and explore whether the observed differences were attributable to diet and physical activity (PA). Methods: Data were from 4331 respondents age 18-64 from the 2003-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Sex-specific multiple logistic regression analyses were performed. Results: Regardless of race-ethnicity, immigrants exhibited lower prevalence of total and abdomi - nal obesity than natives. Among the US-born, Whites had the lowest total obesity prevalence followed by Hispanics and then Blacks; but racial-ethnic disparities for immigrants were different. In abdominal obesity, US-born white men had the highest prevalence. PA helped explain some ethnic-immigrant disparities. Conclusions: Complex interactions of sex by race-ethnicity and nativity exist for obesity prevalence.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, University of Utah, USA. 2: Department of Family and Consumer Studies, University of Utah, USA 3: Department of Family and Consumer Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2013

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