Food Hardship and Obesity in a Sample of Low-Income Immigrants

Caitlin E. Caspi, Reginald D. Tucker-Seeley, Gary Adamkiewicz, Christina A. Roberto, Anne M. Stoddard, Glorian C. Sorensen

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Very little work has examined the relationship between food hardship (having inconsistent financial resources to buy food) and obesity among immigrant groups. A cross-sectional study was conducted in a low-income, multi-racial/ethnic adult sample in greater Boston, MA (n = 828). Modified Poisson regression models estimated the association between food hardship obesity (BMI ≥ 30) among adults reporting food hardship; interactions were tested by place of birth. Body mass index (BMI) was based on anthropometric height and weight. In adjusted models, those experiencing food hardship were more likely to be obese (RR 1.17, CI 1.07, 1.29) than those not experiencing food hardship. Participants from Haiti reporting food hardship were more likely to be obese than those not reporting hardship (RR 1.58, CI 1.23, 2.04); this was not the case among other groups (US born, Puerto Rican, Latin American, Other). The relationship between food hardship and weight may vary among immigrant subgroups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-137
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • Food insecurity
  • Hardship
  • Immigrant
  • Obesity

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