Acculturation and changes in body mass index, waist circumference, and waist–hip ratio among Filipino Americans with hypertension
The purpose of this research study was to examine whether level of acculturation is a predictor of body mass index, waist circumference, and waist–hip ratio in Filipino Americans with hypertension in the United States. The Filipino Americans (N = 108) were recruited from a primary care clinic in the United States. Two instruments were used to collect and operationalize the variables, specifically: (1) Socioeconomic/Demographic Questionnaire and (2) A Short Acculturation Scale for Filipino Americans. Descriptive statistics and partial least squares were used to calculate the results. The partial least square path model identified acculturation as a predictor of body mass index, wait circumference, and waist–hip ratio among Filipino Americans. The positive path coefficient (β = 0.384) was statistically significant (t = 5.92, P < .001). Health care providers need to stress the importance of the degree of acculturation when developing culturally appropriate lifestyle and health promotion interventions among immigrant patients with hypertension. © 2016 American Society of Hypertension
Bicultural; blood pressure; immigrants; weight gain
Angosta, A. D.
Acculturation and changes in body mass index, waist circumference, and waist–hip ratio among Filipino Americans with hypertension.
Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, 10(9),