Grantee Research

Obesity in Latino Children: Disparities and Changes Over Time

Dr. Claudia L. Galindo, University of Maryland

“Young Latino Children’s Weight Changes: Examination of Individual, Family and School Factors”

This Salud America! pilot research project studied factors and behaviors that may affect weight, nutrition and physical activity among Latino youth. This study examined the weight status of 5-year-old Latino children in kindergarten and how their weight changed through 5th grade, compared with their White, African-American and Asian peers. It also examines variations in weight among Latino subgroups by country and region of origin and socioeconomic status (SES). Study data come from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort (ECLS-K), sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics. The ECLS-K is a nationally representative sample of 21,000 students from the kindergarten class of 1998–99. The study sample of 17,000 kindergarteners—after excluding foreign-born White and African-American students—included 3,600 Latinos.

Research Category: Latino Communities