Rebecca Jones , Emory University
Regine Haardoerfer, Emory University
Fernando Riosmena, University of Colorado Boulder
Solveig Cunningham, Emory University
In this study, we evaluate how pre- and post-migration contextual characteristics are associated with bodyweight among foreign-born individuals in the U.S.. We utilize a cross-classified multi-level model to model clustering in both country of origin and state of residence simultaneously using data from the New Immigrant Survey (n=3,085). The variance in BMI was driven largely by individual differences (86.6%), with country of origin explaining 13.3% of the variance and state of residence explaining 0.1%. Five years later, the variance in BMI was 10.9% for country of origin and 0.005% for state of residence. Country of origin characteristics were consistently associated with bodyweight, particularly animal protein and sweets consumption. We found few state-level characteristics associated with bodyweight. Even after years in the U.S., foreign-born individuals’ bodyweight were more strongly associated with country of origin characteristics at the time of their departure, highlighting the role of differential immigrant adaptation by national origin.
Presented in Session P3. Poster Session Migration, Economics, Environment, Methods, History and Policy