Title

Factors Affecting Weight Gain and Dietary Intake in Latino Males Residing in Mississippi: A Preliminary Study

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Source

Hispanic Health Care International

Abstract

Research indicates that as Latinos become more acculturated to the United States, their diet changes and they experience weight gain. There is also a high incidence of depression in this population. The purpose of this preliminary study was to examine the correlations between sociodemographic factors, weight gain, dietary intake, and depression in a population of first-generation Latino males. The results indicated a positive significant correlation ( < .05) for weight gain, time spent in the United States, and spouse residing in the United States, as well as a negative correlation between depression and dietary intake. Depression was a significant predictor (β = −.30, = .05) of fruit and vegetable intake after controlling for sociodemographic factors, therefore indicating that depression may negatively affect dietary quality and/or intake.

Inclusive pages

91-98

ISBN/ISSN

1540-4153

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Springer

Volume

9

Issue

2

Peer Reviewed

yes