Applied to weight, exposure to the American environment and acculturation are thought to be associated with less-healthy diets, sedentary activity, and obesity Carter ; Fried and Nestle Journal of Social Issues. For example, a study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that children ages 2—7 view an average of twelve television commercials for food each day, and children ages 8—12 view nearly twice as many Ganz et al. We used growth curve modeling techniques to assess the associations of gender and generation on BMI from kindergarten through fifth grade, and, among children of immigrants, the influence of gender and language. Journal of the American Dietic Association.
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Big Boys and Little Girls: Gender, Acculturation, and Weight among Young Children of Immigrants
The Modern Rise of Population. This suggests that the relationship between social integration and overweight may reverse directions as children grow older, particularly among boys who are likely to have more freedom than girls. One particularly important health indicator for children is weight. Immigrant parents may be more permissive regarding food consumption Brewis and Schmidtmay be unaware of the health risks associated with junk food and inactivity, or may have different perceptions of a healthy weight, particularly in the case of boys Maynard et al. Parents may therefore use their resources to indulge their children Doak et al. Boys, on the other hand, see their problems in more focused ways and will assign their failure to a particular area of study rather than over-generalize and see themselves as lacking. Among girls, daughters of natives appear to gain more weight than daughters of immigrants opposite from boysbut this association is not significant.