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Abstract

This study examines the prevalence of being overweight and its associated factors among Middle Eastern (ME) immigrant men and women in the U.S. utilizing pooled data from the 2000-2017 National Health Interview Surveys of adult ME immigrants, 18 years and older. Overall, ME immigrants had a high prevalence of being overweight (56.85 percent). The estimated prevalence of being overweight was significantly higher in ME men (64.89 percent) than ME women (35.11 percent). Whereas younger men had significantly higher rates of overweight than younger women, older women had higher rates than older men. Higher overweight rates were seen among ME women who reported fair and poor health (23.86 percent), had activity limitations (46.26 percent), had health insurance (86.60 percent), saw a doctor in the past 12 months (75.55 percent), and were U.S. citizens (74.42 percent) and among ME men who were highly educated (52.70 percent reported having a college or an advanced degree), employed (77.39 percent), and smoked (22.96 percent). These results indicate that being overweight is highly prevalent among ME immigrants in the U.S. Findings emphasize that intervention programs to prevent and treat high prevalence rates of being overweight among ME immigrants are vital.

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