Increased risk of obesity with increased time in the US Filipino immigrants in New York ;
A study conducted by SUNY Downstate Medical Center has found an increased risk of obesity among Filipino immigrants living in the area metropolitan New York. The findings were published in the January / March issue Family and Community Health .
Aimee Afable, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences of the Community in the School of Public Health at SUNY professor, said: “Our latest study is the first to examine the association between time in the US – a marker of assimilation – in Filipino immigrants , the second largest group of Asian immigrants in the US, and overweight / obesity risk. ” A previous study found a similar pattern among immigrants from the city of New York from China.
Dr. Afable continues, “The study of how assimilation into American society influences the health of migrants is of particular interest to public health researchers, because we know that immigrants come to the US a health advantage. However, evidence suggests that this advantage erodes over time, a process sometimes called “unhealthy assimilation. It is unclear whether this pattern varies by country of origin of the immigrant group. “
Dr. Afable added: “Although our findings need to be confirmed in potential causal studies, which contribute to the evidence base suggesting greater exposure to the environment of the United States is detrimental to the health of immigrants, a relationship understood better by examining how immigrants adapt to the stressors in their new environment in the US
“In an urban context, as the city of New York, these stressors may include work stress that accompanies the more sedentary occupations, discrimination, limited for rest and recreation time, less healthy diets, and overburdened health system – all factors that create a radically different from what they left behind in their home countries’ situation.
Dr. Afable concludes: “I think it’s important to note that while the United States has always been a country of immigrants, scholarships health of immigrants is relatively recent and has seen an explosion in the last 15 years, a period that has not been more than a doubling of the immigrant population in the US “
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