Latino children of migrant farmworkers are at high risk for obesity but many parents are not concerned about their overweight children.
Florida researchers interviewed Hispanic migrant parents (mostly mothers) about their children’s weight. Most of the farm-working parents had less than a high school education and almost all (83%) were overweight or obese.
Some 47 percent of children were overweight or obese, with elementary school girls having the greatest probability of being overweight or obese. Most parents of obese children were concerned about their child’s weight, but parents of overweight children were not. Overweight children are viewed by many Hispanic mothers as healthier than thinner children.
Consequently, “parents were more likely to endorse intent to engage in [some form of corrective] action to improve their child’s weight when their child’s weight fell in the obese category.”
- 1. An Introduction to Salud America!
- 2. Salud America! A National Research Network to Build the Field and Evidence to Prevent Latino Childhood Obesity
- 3. Salud Tiene Sabor
- 4. Growing Healthy Kids
- 5. Afterschool Program Participation, Youth Physical Fitness, and Overweight
- 6. Bridging Research and Policy to Address Childhood Obesity Among Border Hispanics
- 7. Combining Photovoice and Focus Groups
- 8. Latina Voices in Childhood Obesity
- 9. Latino Church Leaders' Perspectives on Childhood Obesity Prevention
- 10. Video Game-Based Exercise, Latino Children's Physical Health, and Academic Achievement
- 11. Latino Families, Primary Care, and Childhood Obesity
- 12. Summer and Follow-Up Interventions to Affect Adiposity with Mothers and Daughters
- 13. Food Purchasing Selection Among Low-Income, Spanish-Speaking Latinos
- 14. Obesity Among Latino Children Within a Migrant Farmworker Community
- 15. Exploring Potential Research Contributions to Policy
- 16. Seeking Environmental and Policy Solutions to Address Latino Childhood Obesity
- 17. Building Strategies and Leadership for Change
- 18. San Antonio as a Face of the Future