Perceptions of Body Habitus and Cultural Health Among Hispanic Adults

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To investigate whether perceptions of health and health outcomes are impacted by acculturation level, nativity, and years in the United States (US) for Hispanic adults in the Nebraska Panhandle. Focus groups (n = 10), surveys (demographics, body image silhouettes, and acculturation), and anthropometric measurements were conducted. US-born (n = 36) had higher household incomes, education level, and acculturation scores compared to foreign-born (n = 23). Years in the US was positively correlated with acculturation and anthropometrics. No significant differences were detected between groups for rating infant and adolescent health, indicating mid-sized infants were considered healthy and heavier adolescents had increased health risks. However, qualitative data revealed misconceptions regarding obesity and chronic disease and a cultural preference for heavier infants. Despite differences between groups, qualitative data indicated cultural perceptions of health still persist. Data indicates a need for behavioral modification using culturally appropriate methods and for collecting quantitative and qualitative data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1206-1213
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 21 2015


  • Body habitus
  • Cultural health
  • Hispanic adults
  • Perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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