Forty percent of United States Latino children are overweight/obese and at risk of developing chronic diseases. Latino children are the fastest growing segment in the United States and there is great need to develop effective interventions to help Latino families develop life-long dietary habits to slow current obesity trends. Ample research indicates that Latinos' health deteriorates with acculturation, but there is insufficient research whether acculturation of Latino parents leads to childhood obesity. In fall 2011, 40 Latina mothers answered demographic questionnaires from three focus groups of a non-experimental intervention study entitled Sanos y Fuertes by the National Council of La Raza/California State University, Long Beach Center for Latino Community Health. Means, standard deviations and frequencies provided information on basic demographics. Preliminary correlations and t tests with demographic factors identified covariates to include as the control variables for partial correlations. Current research questions sought to answer whether fruit and vegetable, energy dense food, and fast food intake were related to participant acculturation.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Nutrition, Hispanic American studies|
|Keywords:||Acculturation, Dietary intake, Latina, Los angeles county, Mothers|
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