Cultural Variables Underlying Obesity in Latino Men: Design, Rationale and Participant Characteristics from the Latino Men’s Health Initiative

Lisa Sanchez-Johnsen*, Meredith Craven, Magdalena Nava, Angelica Alonso, Amanda Dykema-Engblade, Alfred Rademaker, Hui Xie

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Abstract

Overweight and obesity are associated with significant health problems and rates of obesity are high among Latino men. This paper describes the design, rationale and participant characteristics of the key demographic variables assessed in an NIH-funded study (R21-CA143636) addressing culture and several obesity-related variables (diet, physical activity, and body image) among Mexican and Puerto Rican men using a community-based participatory research framework. Participants completed objective measures (height, weight, body fat, hip, waist), a health and culture interview, a diet questionnaire, and used an accelerometer to measure their level of physical activity. A total of 203 participants completed the measures and the health and culture interview and 193 completed all study components. Puerto Ricans were older than Mexicans (p <.0001) and there were significant differences in marital status (p <.05), country of birth (p <.05), smoking (p <.05) and work status (p <.001). There were no significant differences in religion, education, health insurance, Body Mass Index, body fat, hip and waist measurements, and the language preference of the interview. Results have implications for the development of a future intervention that incorporates the role of cultural factors into a community participatory obesity intervention for Latino men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)826-838
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Community Health
Volume42
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017

Keywords

  • Community based participatory research
  • Culture
  • Latinos
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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