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Duration of US Residence Is Associated With Overweight Risk in Filipino Immigrants Living in New York Metro Area

Afable, Aimee PhD; Ursua, Rhodora MPH; Wyatt, Laura C. MPH; Aguilar, David MA; Kwon, Simona C. DrPH; Islam, Nadia S. PhD; Trinh-Shevrin, Chau DrPH

doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000086
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We examined the association between years living in the United States and overweight risk among a community sample of Filipino adult immigrants living in the New York metropolitan area. We found a significant and adverse association between years living in the United States and overweight risk. Compared with Filipinos who lived in the United States less than 5 years, those who lived in the United States 10 years or longer had a higher overweight risk; this association was present only among Filipinos who migrated to New York metropolitan area at 30 years of age or younger. Studies on causal mechanisms explaining this pattern are needed.

SUNY Downstate School of Public Health, Brooklyn, New York (Dr Afable); Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership, Oakland, California (Ms Ursua); Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine, New York (Ms Wyatt and Drs Kwon, Islam, and Trinh-Shevrin); and Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (Mr Aguilar).

Correspondence: Aimee Afable, PhD, SUNY Downstate School of Public Health, Brooklyn, 450 Clarkson Ave, Box 43, Brooklyn, NY 11203 (aimee.afable-munsuz@downstate.edu).

This publication was made possible by grant 1U48DP001904-01 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), grants P60 MD000538 and R24MD001786 (NIH National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities), and grant UL1 TR000038 (National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences).

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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