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Durational and generational differences in Mexican immigrant obesity: Is acculturation the explanation?

Author(s): Creighton, Mathew J; Goldman, Noreen; Pebley, Anne R; Chung, Chang Y

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Abstract: Using the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS-2; n = 1610), we explore the link between Mexican immigrant acculturation, diet, exercise and obesity. We distinguish Mexican immigrants and 2nd generation Mexicans from 3rd+ generation whites, blacks and Mexicans. First, we examine variation in social and linguistic measures by race/ethnicity, duration of residence and immigrant generation. Second, we consider the association between acculturation, diet and exercise. Third, we evaluate the degree to which acculturation, diet, exercise, and socioeconomic status explain the association between race/ethnicity, immigrant exposure to the US (duration since immigration/generation), and adult obesity. Among immigrants, we find a clear relationship between acculturation measures, exposure to the US, and obesity-related behaviors (diet and exercise). However, the acculturation measures do not clearly account for the link between adult obesity, immigrant duration and generation, and race/ethnicity.
Publication Date: Jul-2012
Citation: Creighton, Mathew J, Goldman, Noreen, Pebley, Anne R, Chung, Chang Y. "Durational and generational differences in Mexican immigrant obesity: Is acculturation the explanation?" Social Science & Medicine, (2), 75, 300 - 310, doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.03.013
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2012.03.013
ISSN: 0277-9536
Pages: 300 - 310
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Social Science & Medicine
Version: This is the author’s final manuscript. All rights reserved to author(s).

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