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CUNY: Food Insecurity Associated with Increased Obesity Among Latino Youth

In the United States, food insecurity is associated with overweight and obesity, likely because food insecure populations have limited time and resources to engage in healthy eating or exercise.

Previous research found an association between lower food security and higher body mass index (BMI) or overweight/obesity among U.S. adults but studies of food insecurity and obesity among children and adolescents have had far less consistent results.

Ethnographic studies of Latino and other immigrant populations have shed light on how generational or intergenerational status (ie, country of nativity between parents and their children) independently affect individual or family BMI, although these results have also been inconsistent.

To investigate the joint effect of generational status and food insecurity on obesity prevalence among Latino youth, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy assistant professor Dr. Karen Flórez led a study recently published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.

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