Impact of acculturation on physical activity and dietary behaviors in Latinos

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  • The United States population is growing, and its racial and ethnic composition is changing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Latino population is projected to increase rapidly from 1995 to 2025, accounting for 44 percent of the growth in the nation's population (Campbell, 1996). Latinos already accounted for almost half (1.4 million) of the national population growth (2.9 million) between July 1, 2005 and July 1, 2006. While much of this growth can be attributed to high birth rates among Latinos in the U.S., immigration constitutes a significant proportion (Bernstein, 2007). For Latinos, introduction to U.S. culture occurs with varying degrees of acculturation, defined as -the bidirectional process in which individuals adopt new values, beliefs, and norms as an adaption into a new, mainstream culture while still retaining some aspects of their traditional culture.? (Ayala, Baquero, and Klinger, 2008). The influence of acculturation on specific behaviors has been a subject of investigation for decades. © 2011 by Nova Science Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
  • International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13

  • 9781611225259
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  • 185
  • End Page

  • 195