Multifaceted community-based intervention reduces rate of BMI growth in obese Mexican-origin boys

Banafsheh Sadeghi, L. L. Kaiser, S. Schaefer, I. E. Tseregounis, L. Martinez, R. Gomez-Camacho, A. de la Torre

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Background: Latino children and youth have some of the highest rates of overweight and obesity. Early intervention is important to prevent future obesity and illness in this population. Methods: A 3-year, multifaceted intervention was designed to reduce the rate of growth of body mass index (BMI) among Mexican-origin children. Two communities in California's agricultural Central Valley were targeted for intervention and comparison. To assess impact, anthropometric measures of participating children (N=422) were collected and analysed at baseline and after 1year of intervention. Results: After 1year of intervention, triceps skin-fold thickness in girls showed a significant decrease in unadjusted analysis between children in the two communities. In multivariate analysis, a reduction in BMI growth was seen among obese boys in the intervention community (ß-coefficient=-1.94, P=0.05). Obese boys in the intervention community also had a smaller increase in waist circumference (ß-coefficient=-5.2, P=0.04) than the comparison community. Conclusions: These early findings indicate the intervention's effectiveness for preventing BMI growth among obese boys. Longitudinal follow-up is needed to determine the sustainability of results and whether similar results extend to obese girls and overweight boys or girls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPediatric obesity
StateAccepted/In press - 2016


  • Childhood obesity
  • Mexican-origin communities
  • Multifaceted community-based intervention
  • Rural area communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nutrition and Dietetics


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