Home Environmental Influences on Childhood Obesity in the Latino Population: A Decade Review of Literature

Alejandra Ochoa, Jerica M. Berge

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Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing ethnically diverse group in the United States. Latino children are also among the most overweight and obese ethnic groups of children in the United States. Research over the last decade has identified the home environment as a key influence on the diet and physical activity of children. To summarize cross-sectional and longitudinal research that has identified factors within the home environment of Latino families that are associated with childhood obesity and to provide recommendations for future research and intervention development with Latino families. A decade review from 2005 to 2015 was conducted. Studies identifying factors within the home environments of Latino families that were associated with childhood obesity were examined. Five main factors were identified across the literature as home environment factors that are associated with childhood obesity in Latino children. These factors included: parental influences (e.g., parent feeding practices, modeling), screen time, physical activity/sedentary behavior, socioeconomic status/food security and sleep duration. The current review identified several home environment factors that may contribute to the disparities in childhood obesity for Latino children. Results from this review such as, focusing on decreasing controlling parent feeding practices, and increasing parent modeling of healthy behaviors and child sleep duration, can be used in developing culturally-specific interventions for Latino children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-447
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Berge has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health. Berge declares that she has no other conflicts of interest. Ochoa declares that she has no conflict of interest.

Funding Information:
This study was funded by Grant Number R01HL126171 (Berge PI) from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease or the National Institutes of Health.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Childhood obesity
  • Hispanic
  • Home food environment
  • Influences
  • Latina
  • Latino


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