Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

Moving To The Land Of Frosted Cakes And Fried Food: Immigrant Obesity In The U.S

Contents:

Author Info

  • Jing Liu

    ()

  • Brigitte Waldorf

    ()
    (Department of Agricultural Economics, College of Agriculture, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN)

Registered author(s):

    Abstract

    The paper focuses on body weight gain among immigrants in the US. The emphasis is on disentangling different time lines that are relevant in the context of immigration and acculturation, namely length of exposure to the high obesity culture, age at immigration, year of immigration and aging. Using data from the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS), we find that (1) acculturation is associated with higher BMIs for the 1st generation, but not the 1.5 generation; (2) immigration at an early age (before 12) facilitates acculturation progress and drives BMI convergence to natives; (3) the effect of sojourn length in the host country is unstable across model specifications; (4) BMI differences between Asian and Latino immigrants are partly due to effect size differences in the acculturation variables.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL: http://purl.umn.edu/120896
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Paper provided by Purdue University, College of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics in its series Working Papers with number 12-1.

    as in new window
    Length: 19 pages
    Date of creation: 2012
    Date of revision:
    Handle: RePEc:pae:wpaper:12-1

    Contact details of provider:
    Postal: 1145 Krannert Building, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1145
    Phone: 765 494-4191
    Fax: 765 494-9176
    Web page: http://www.agecon.purdue.edu/
    More information through EDIRC

    Related research

    Keywords: immigration; obesity; acculturation;

    Find related papers by JEL classification:

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:

    References

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    Citations

    Lists

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:pae:wpaper:12-1. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Debby Weber).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.