A weight-loss intervention program designed for Mexican-American women

Cultural adaptations and results

Nangel M. Lindberg, Victor J. Stevens, Sonia Vega-Lopez, Tia L. Kauffman, Mariana Rosales Calderón, María Antonieta Cervantes

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Abstract

This study assessed the feasibility of a culturally-appropriate weight-loss intervention targeting obese Spanish-speaking Mexican women. This 12-month weightloss program was based on behavioral interventions previously used successfully with English-speaking participants. Cultural adaptations included: female interventionists, minimal written materials, emphasis on group activities, focus on Mexican traditions and beliefs, and skill-building approach to food measurement. All sessions were conducted in Spanish. The study had few exclusionary criteria, which allowed participation of women with a wide range of literacy levels. Recruitment exceeded expectations, with 47 participants enrolling in the program. Not counting participants who became pregnant during the study, attendance at 6 and 12 months was 62 and 50 % respectively. Mean weight loss at 6 and 12 months was 5.3 and 7.2 kg, respectively, with a mean reduction in BMI of 4.0 and 5.5 kg/m2 from baseline to 6 and 12 months, respectively. This pilot study shows that it is feasible to develop and implement culturally-appropriate behavioral lifestyle interventions for obesity treatment in Mexican-American women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1030-1039
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2012

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Keywords

  • Cultural adaptation
  • Hispanics
  • Obesity
  • Weight-loss intervention
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Medicine(all)

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A weight-loss intervention program designed for Mexican-American women : Cultural adaptations and results. / Lindberg, Nangel M.; Stevens, Victor J.; Vega-Lopez, Sonia; Kauffman, Tia L.; Calderón, Mariana Rosales; Cervantes, María Antonieta.

In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Vol. 14, No. 6, 12.2012, p. 1030-1039.

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Lindberg, Nangel M. ; Stevens, Victor J. ; Vega-Lopez, Sonia ; Kauffman, Tia L. ; Calderón, Mariana Rosales ; Cervantes, María Antonieta. / A weight-loss intervention program designed for Mexican-American women : Cultural adaptations and results. In: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2012 ; Vol. 14, No. 6. pp. 1030-1039.
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