Neighborhood socioeconomic status and BMI differences by immigrant and legal status: Evidence from Utah

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Publication Type pre-print
School or College College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Sociology
Creator Wen, Ming
Other Author Maloney, Thomas N.
Title Neighborhood socioeconomic status and BMI differences by immigrant and legal status: Evidence from Utah
Date 2014-01-01
Description We build on recent work examining the BMI patterns of immigrants in the US by distinguishing between legal and undocumented immigrants. We find that undocumented women have relative odds of obesity that are about 10 percentage points higher than for legal immigrant women, and their relative odds of being overweight are about 40 percentage points higher. We also find that the odds of obesity and overweight status vary less across neighborhoods for undocumented women than for legal immigrant women. These patterns are not found among immigrant men: undocumented men have lower rates of obesity (by about 6 percentage points in terms of relative odds) and overweight (by about 12 percentage points) than do legal immigrant men, and there is little variation in the impact of neighborhood context across groups of men. We interpret these findings in terms of processes of acculturation among immigrant men and women.
Type Text
Publisher Elsevier
Volume 12
Issue 1
First Page 120
Last Page 131
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Wen, M., & Maloney, T. N. (2014). Neighborhood socioeconomic status and BMI differences by immigrant and legal status: Evidence from Utah. Economics and Human Biology, 12(1), 120-31.
Rights Management (c) Elsevier ; Authors manuscript from Wen, M., & Maloney, T. N. (2014). Neighborhood socioeconomic status and BMI differences by immigrant and legal status: Evidence from Utah. Economics and Human Biology, 12(1), 120-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ehb.2013.03.008
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Date Created 2014-04-07
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6vq6bpw
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