Thursday, 17 April 2014

Recent study calls for more action in the prevention of obesity in the US immigrant population

DEPM's Associate Professor Andre Renzaho has co authored a study which looks at the effectiveness of obesity prevention and control interventions in the US immigrant populations, starting from pre-school age to adults.

The paper entitled, A Systematic Review of Obesity Prevention Intervention Studies among Immigrant Populations in the US found that the number of obesity prevention interventions among immigrant populations identified in this systematic review does not reflect the rapid demographic and cultural transformation that the US has experienced over the last two decades. 

It suggested that well-designed and culturally competent studies to evaluate the effectiveness of behavioural and lifestyle interventions in preventing obesity among immigrant populations are urgently needed. If this focus is not prioritized, there is the potential to increase the risk of a widening the gap in health status among immigrant populations.


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