Duration of US Residence and Obesity Risk in NYC Chinese Immigrants

Aimee Afable, Ming Chin Yeh, Tushar Trivedi, Erin Andrews, Judith Wylie-Rosett

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We evaluated whether duration of time in the US is associated with obesity risk in NYC Chinese immigrants. We analyzed cross-sectional survey data on 2072 men and women. Duration of US residence was categorized into ≤5, 6–15, and 15 years and over. Obesity was defined using WHO Asian standards: BMI of 27.5 kg/m 2 or greater. Diet and physical activity (PA) were assessed as potential explanatory variables. After adjusting for covariates, increased time in the US was associated with an increased obesity risk (OR 1.49; 95 % CI 1.06, 2.08 for 15 years or more vs. ≤5 years); and in separate analysis, with having reported no work related PA (OR 0.76; 95 % CI 0.59, 0.99). Findings suggest that increased time living in the US is associated with an increased obesity risk, a finding possibly explained by a shift to more sedentary lifestyle characteristic of the transition of immigrants to the US.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)624-635
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Assimilation
  • Chinese-origin
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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