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Research Project: Preventing the Development of Childhood Obesity

Location: Children's Nutrition Research Center

Title: Opportunities to address obesity disparities among high-risk Latino children and adolescents

item SOLTERO, ERICA - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
item O'CONNOR, TERESIA - Children'S Nutrition Research Center (CNRC)
item Thompson, Deborah - Debbe
item SHAIBI, GABRIEL - Arizona State University

Submitted to: Current Obesity Reports
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/3/2021
Publication Date: 7/14/2021
Citation: Soltero, E.G., O'Connor, T.M., Thompson, D.J., Shaibi, G.Q. 2021. Opportunities to address obesity disparities among high-risk Latino children and adolescents. Current Obesity Reports.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: This review highlights obesity-related disparities among Latino children and adolescents, discusses the social determinants of health (SDoH) that drive disparities, and presents case studies of strategies for reducing disparities and promoting health equity. Recommended strategies for reducing obesity-related disparities include the use of culturally grounded programming, multi-sector collaborations, and technology. We present two exemplar studies that demonstrate that integrating cultural values and enhancing the overall cultural fit of prevention programs can increase engagement among high-risk Latino families. We also examine the use of multi-sector collaborations to build community capacity and address key SDoH that impact health behaviors and outcomes. Our last example study demonstrates the utility of technology for engaging youth and extending the reach of prevention strategies in vulnerable communities. To address growing obesity-related disparities, there is an urgent need to develop and test these strategies among high-risk, vulnerable populations like Latino children and adolescents.