Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A comparison of first, second, and third generation Latino/Hispanic adolescents on obesity and related physical activity factors
by Villegas, Claudio, M.H.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 47; 1504547
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to examine and compare obesity levels and related physical activity factors among first, second, and third generation Latino/Hispanic adolescents. This study employed secondary data analyses using the 2007 California Health Interview Survey adolescent public use data file. There were 3,638 adolescent survey participants, of which 1,227 self reported as identifying themselves as Latino/Hispanic.

Chi-square and t-statistic analysis results yielded several findings of significant associations between generation status and language spoken at home with obesity and physical activity levels. Test results showed that there were significant differences in prevalence of obesity and mean Body Mass Index (BMI) between each generation. Most notable, was the decrease in obesity prevalence and mean BMI from the first and second generation to the third generation. Furthermore, test results showed significant increases in physical activity levels with each successive generation. Findings demonstrate the importance of physical activity in preventing obesity. More importantly, findings demonstrate the need for programs that provide organized sports and safe parks in promoting physical activity and preventing obesity among Latino/Hispanic adolescents.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Acosta-Deprez, Veronica, Sinay, Tony
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Public health, Kinesiology, Hispanic American studies
Publication Number: 1504547
ISBN: 978-1-124-99489-5
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