3408.0 Childhood Obesity Among Children of Mexican Descent: A Binational Perspective

Monday, October 27, 2008: 4:30 PM
The prevalence of childhood obesity has increased dramatically in the US, especially among children of Mexican origin. Almost 40% of Mexican-American children in the US are classified as at risk for overweight or overweight. Recently, the Institute of Medicine and the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica in Mexico convened a joint US-Mexico workshop on preventing obesity among children of Mexican descent. Workshop participants concluded that childhood obesity is a major public health problem for children of Mexican descent on both sides of the border and that there is an urgent need for action. Binational collaborations were recognized as an invaluable step to designing and evaluating effective obesity prevention programs for children of Mexican descent in the US and Mexico. The purpose of this session is to share findings from several recent binational studies on childhood obesity among children of Mexican descent in the US and Mexico and to make recommendations for binational prevention strategies. We bring together several researchers who have collected information on the influence of migration and acculturation on the childhood obesity epidemic that are considered necessary for designing effective and sustainable intervention programs in both countries. Furthermore, through these binational projects, researchers gained experience in utilizing methodologies that could be effective for evaluating binational prevention strategies.
Session Objectives: 1. Apply a binational perspective to understanding the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity among children of Mexican descent 2. Identify at least four factors that contribute to childhood obesity among children of Mexican descent residing in the US and Mexico 3. Discuss potential public health interventions that address childhood obesity among children of Mexican descent using a binational perspective
Luz Elvia Vera , Mario Flores, MD, MSc , Sylvia Guendelman, PhD, LCSW and Gail Woodward-Lopez, MPH, RD

4:45 PM
Maternal Perceptions of Overweight in Young Children of Mexican Descent
Sylvia Guendelman, PhD, LCSW, Lia C. Fernald, PhD, MBA, Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD and Lynnette Neufeld, PhD
5:00 PM
Child feeding practices and overweight status in Mexican immigrant households
Luz Elvia Vera, Lucia L. Kaiser and Martha Lopez, EdD
5:15 PM
Relatives migration to the US and overweight among Mexican school-age children
Mario Flores, MD, MSc, Marta Rivera, MSc, Nayeli Macías, MSc and Simon Barquera, MD, MSc, PhD
5:30 PM
Household food insecurity, dietary intake and weight status in children of Mexican descent: Results of a binational study
Lisa Goldman Rosas, MPH, Lynnette Neufeld, PhD, Sylvia Guendelman, PhD, LCSW, Lia C. Fernald, PhD, MBA and Brenda Eskenazi, PhD

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Organized by: Epidemiology
Endorsed by: Food and Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health, Public Health Nursing, Socialist Caucus, School Health Education and Services, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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