Neighborhood context, weight, and weight-related behaviors among Mexican American Children

PSU Researcher(s)
Jennifer Van Hook
Erin Baumgartner
Molly Dondero
Michelle Frisco
Megan Lemmon
Molly Martin
Susana Quiros
Dylan Yetter

Description
To better understand the factors underlying the high obesity prevalence among Mexican-American children, we ask three research questions: (1) how is community context related to Mexican children’s weight and weight-related behaviors? (2) how do the associations of community context with children’s weight and weight-related behaviors vary by household socioeconomic status and household weight-related characteristics? And (3) how do the associations of community context with children’s weight and weight-related behaviors vary by indicators of householder members’ and children’s exposure to the United States?   We explore these questions by analyzing data collected by the 1999-2009 continuous NHANES. We are using restricted geographic variables in these data files so that we can link community characteristics, particularly the food and physical activity environment, socioeconomic disadvantage, racial-ethnic composition, and size and maturity of the Latino community (i.e., “new” versus “established” destinations), to children’s records in the NHANES. Other requested restricted variables will enable us to link household characteristics to children, thus providing better purchase on children’s household environments, including socioeconomic status and householders’ health behaviors.