Ecological differences in weight, length, and weight for length of mexican american children in the WIC program

Elizabeth Reifsnider, Melanie Ritsema

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PURPOSE. Examine factors common in the environments of children who obtain services from a WIC program to determine if differences in ecological/ environmental factors can be found in the children who differ in weight, length, and weight for length. DESIGN AND METHODS. Cross-sectional study of 300 children, 100 each who were stunted, normal weight for length, or overweight. Instruments used were NCATS, ARSMA II, 24-hr diet recall, and Baecke Activity Questionnaire. RESULTS. Significant differences were present in children?s diet, parents? BMI, parents? generation in United States, parents? activity levels, and maternal-child relationship. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS. Encourage parents to adopt family approaches to encourage normal body size in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-167
Number of pages14
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2008



  • Child overweight
  • Ecological factors
  • Ecological monitoring
  • Mexican American children
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics

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