Grantee Research

How Latino Families Perceive Weight Problems

Dr. Cristina Barroso, UTSPH Brownsville

“Body Image Perceptions Among Latinos”

This Salud America! pilot research project has two primary aims: to examine body image perceptions across three generations of low-income Latinos, and to study the association between body image and physical activity in the same population. The subjects of our study are residents of colonias in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley on the U.S.-Mexico border, a region that faces high rates of obesity as well as other health problems. The project also asked members of colonia familes (including the child, parent, and, if possible, grandparent) to view sketches of body shapes and body sizes and to select images they perceive as healthy, as well as the image that most resembles their own body. Parents and grandparents also select the image that resembles their child/grandchild.

Research Category: Latino Communities