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Am J Mens Health. 2018 Sep;12(5):1421-1430. doi: 10.1177/1557988316653182. Epub 2016 Jun 8.

Acculturation Factors Related to Obesity of Latino American Men Nationwide.

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1 Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, USA.
2 University of Washington Bothell, Bothell, WA, USA.


Obesity is a public health epidemic, particularly among underrepresented populations. With a large proportion of immigrants, Latino Americans comprise the largest minority population in the United States. This study examined the association of acculturation factors with obesity among Latino American men ( n = 1,127) using the National Latino and Asian American Study. The result identified two acculturation-related factors (being U.S.-born and living in the United States for the longest period/5-10 years) as positive correlates. In contrast, a different study on obesity in Latino American women demonstrated discrimination, but not the above factors, as significant correlates. The men's pattern suggests that the Hispanic/Latino paradox might have greater implications for men with respect to weight issues. Furthermore, Mexican American and Other Latino American men presented a greater likelihood of being obese than Cuban and Puerto Rican men. The findings, if replicated in prospective research, suggest the need for gender- and ethnic-specific intervention for obesity in Latino American men, particularly for the largest subgroup, Mexican Americans.


men of color; obesity; risk factors; sex differences

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