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Am J Public Health. 2001 Aug;91(8):1254-7.

Acculturation and leisure-time physical inactivity in Mexican American adults: results from NHANES III, 1988-1994.

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  • 1Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, 270 Farber Hall, Buffalo, NY 14214-3000, USA. ccrespo@buffalo.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study examined the relationship between acculturation and leisure-time physical inactivity among Mexican American adults.

METHODS:

Using data from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, we estimated the prevalence of physical inactivity according to place of birth and language used at home.

RESULTS:

Spanish-speaking Mexican Americans had a higher prevalence of physical inactivity during leisure time than those who spoke mostly English, independent of place of birth.

CONCLUSIONS:

Acculturation seems to be positively associated with participation in leisure-time physical activity.

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11499114
PMCID:
PMC1446756
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