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Weight status of Mexican immigrant women: a comparison with women in Mexico and with US-born Mexican American women.
Am J Public Health. 2013 Sep; 103(9):1634-40.AJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

We assessed the association between birthplace, residence, or years in the United States and actual weight (body mass index), perceived weight accuracy, or provider screens for overweight or obesity among Mexican immigrant women.

METHODS

We used linked data from Health and Nutrition Examination Survey waves 2001-2006 and 2006 National Mexican Health and Nutrition Survey to compare 513 immigrants with 9527 women in Mexico and 342 US-born Mexican American women.

RESULTS

Immigrants were more likely than women in Mexico to be obese and to perceive themselves as overweight or obese after adjustment for confounders. Recent immigrants had similar weight-related outcomes as women in Mexico. Immigrants were less likely to be obese than were US-born Mexican Americans. Within the overweight or obese population, reported provider screens were higher among immigrants than among women in Mexico, but lower than among US-born Mexican Americans. US residency of at least 5 years but less than 20 years and reporting insufficient provider screens elevated obesity risk.

CONCLUSIONS

Mexican-origin women in the United States and Mexico are at risk for overweight and obesity. We found no evidence of a "healthy immigrant" effect.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA. sylviag@berkeley.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23865649

Citation

Guendelman, Sylvia D., et al. "Weight Status of Mexican Immigrant Women: a Comparison With Women in Mexico and With US-born Mexican American Women." American Journal of Public Health, vol. 103, no. 9, 2013, pp. 1634-40.
Guendelman SD, Ritterman-Weintraub ML, Fernald LC, et al. Weight status of Mexican immigrant women: a comparison with women in Mexico and with US-born Mexican American women. Am J Public Health. 2013;103(9):1634-40.
Guendelman, S. D., Ritterman-Weintraub, M. L., Fernald, L. C., & Kaufer-Horwitz, M. (2013). Weight status of Mexican immigrant women: a comparison with women in Mexico and with US-born Mexican American women. American Journal of Public Health, 103(9), 1634-40. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2012.301171
Guendelman SD, et al. Weight Status of Mexican Immigrant Women: a Comparison With Women in Mexico and With US-born Mexican American Women. Am J Public Health. 2013;103(9):1634-40. PubMed PMID: 23865649.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Weight status of Mexican immigrant women: a comparison with women in Mexico and with US-born Mexican American women. AU - Guendelman,Sylvia D, AU - Ritterman-Weintraub,Miranda L, AU - Fernald,Lia C H, AU - Kaufer-Horwitz,Martha, Y1 - 2013/07/18/ PY - 2013/7/20/entrez PY - 2013/7/20/pubmed PY - 2013/11/14/medline SP - 1634 EP - 40 JF - American journal of public health JO - Am J Public Health VL - 103 IS - 9 N2 - OBJECTIVES: We assessed the association between birthplace, residence, or years in the United States and actual weight (body mass index), perceived weight accuracy, or provider screens for overweight or obesity among Mexican immigrant women. METHODS: We used linked data from Health and Nutrition Examination Survey waves 2001-2006 and 2006 National Mexican Health and Nutrition Survey to compare 513 immigrants with 9527 women in Mexico and 342 US-born Mexican American women. RESULTS: Immigrants were more likely than women in Mexico to be obese and to perceive themselves as overweight or obese after adjustment for confounders. Recent immigrants had similar weight-related outcomes as women in Mexico. Immigrants were less likely to be obese than were US-born Mexican Americans. Within the overweight or obese population, reported provider screens were higher among immigrants than among women in Mexico, but lower than among US-born Mexican Americans. US residency of at least 5 years but less than 20 years and reporting insufficient provider screens elevated obesity risk. CONCLUSIONS: Mexican-origin women in the United States and Mexico are at risk for overweight and obesity. We found no evidence of a "healthy immigrant" effect. SN - 1541-0048 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23865649/Weight_status_of_Mexican_immigrant_women:_a_comparison_with_women_in_Mexico_and_with_US_born_Mexican_American_women_ L2 - http://www.ajph.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2012.301171?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -