Disparities in Obesity and Overweight Prevalence Among US Immigrant Children and Adolescents by Generational Status

Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD 20857, USA.
Journal of Community Health (Impact Factor: 1.28). 04/2009; 34(4):271-81. DOI: 10.1007/s10900-009-9148-6
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We examined the prevalence and socio-behavioral correlates of obesity and overweight among 46,707 immigrant and US-born children and adolescents aged 10-17 years. The 2003 National Survey of Children's Health was used to estimate obesity and overweight prevalence among children in 12 immigrant groups, stratified by race/ethnicity and generational status. Logistic regression was used to examine immigrant differentials in the prevalence and odds of obesity and overweight. Obesity and overweight prevalence varied from a low of 6 and 18% for second-generation Asian immigrants to a high of 24 and 42% for native-born black children (US-born black children with US-born parents), respectively. After adjusting for age, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, perceived neighborhood safety, television viewing, computer use, and physical activity, first-generation immigrant children, overall, had 26% lower odds of obesity than native-born children. Obesity and overweight prevalence was lower for immigrant black and white children than their native-born counterparts, while obesity and overweight prevalence among Hispanic children did not vary significantly by generational status. Compared with native-born white children, the adjusted odds of obesity were 64% higher for native-born blacks, 55% higher for second-generation Hispanic immigrants, and 63% lower for first-generation Asian immigrants. Adjusted immigrant differentials in overweight risks were also marked. Socioeconomic, demographic, and behavioral factors accounted for 61 and 35% of ethnic-immigrant disparities in obesity and overweight prevalence, respectively. Immigrant patterns in childhood obesity and overweight vary substantially by ethnicity and generational status. To reduce disparities, obesity prevention programs must target at-risk children of both immigrant and US-born parents.

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    • "In the 2007–2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 43 % of Hispanic children were overweight and 25 % were obese, compared with 35 % and 19 % of their non-Hispanic White counterparts, respectively (Ogden et al. 2010). Although Asian children show lower prevalence of being overweight and obese compared with their Hispanic peers, a study using data from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health found that 32 % of Asian American children were overweight and 15 % were obese (Singh et al. 2009). Given that children who were overweight or obese before kindergarten entry were substantially more likely to be overweight or obese at later school years compared with those who were not (Nader et al. 2006), it is critical to understand which factors affect the early development of being overweight and obese among young children of Asian and Hispanic immigrants. "

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    • "Thus, the extent to which the association between individual-level factors of age, sex, BMI, and body image distortion hold among immigrant children and adolescents is unclear. This is particularly intriguing given populationbased data suggesting that children and adolescents who live in an immigrant family are significantly more likely to be overweight or obese compared to their 3rd generationor-later peers (Singh et al. 2009; Van Hook et al. 2012). If the previously found pattern between BMI and body image distortion among non-immigrants holds for 1st and 2nd generation immigrant adolescents, then one could argue that immigrant females may be at greater risk for experiencing overweight body image distortion and immigrant males may greater risk for underweight body image distortion compared to their 3rd generation-or-later peers. "
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