The purpose of this thesis was to investigate perceptions of weight as a predictor of health among Arab Americans. This study investigated the relationship between A) Middle Eastern region of origin, B) presence of a chronic disease, C) degree of acculturation, D) body mass index, E) religious affiliation, F) income, G) education level, H) gender, I) fatalism perception of weight, and J) perception that is it hard to maintain a healthy weight on perceptions of weight as a predictor of health. A survey was created and distributed online through the investigator’s social network and four professional groups geared towards Arab Americans.
The survey assessed the effect of these key demographic factors among 96 participants. Participants who were female and more acculturated to the United States were more likely to believe their weight affected their health. Further research is needed to capture a wider variety of demographics among Arab Americans to improve current knowledge base and health messages amongst healthcare professionals.
|Commitee:||Frank, Gail, Khalil, Kholoud|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Family and Consumer Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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