Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 659–663 | Cite as

Immigration, Income, Drinking and Obesity in African American Adults

  • Julius N. Ade
  • Jim Rohrer
  • Nancy K. Rea
Original Paper


The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between immigration status, income, drinking and overweight and obesity in African American adults residing in the United States using an internet web based survey. Data on 303 adult African American immigrants and non-immigrants was collected using a self-administered web based survey. Respondents were recruited using a snowball sampling technique to obtain a convenience sample. Multiple logistic regression analysis were used to test the independent effects of the immigration status while controlling for confounding effects of demographic, social and behavioral variables. The results of the study showed no significant difference between obesity and immigration status in black adults residing in the US (adjusted odds ration = 1.1095, P = 0.7489). Significance at the P < 0.05 level was demonstrated for obesity and two independent variables: age (OR = 1.0332, P = 0.0298) and days per month consumed more than 5 alcoholic beverages (OR = 1.7735, P = 0.0001). Adult African American immigrants in this study sample were not at risk of being obese due to their immigration status. However, age and days in a month in which more than 5 alcoholic beverages are consumed were significant risk factors for obesity. Primary care providers should be alert for obesity and alcohol consumption in this population.


Obesity Alcohol consumption Drinking Immigration African American immigrants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regional Epidemiologist-Infection Control, New York Sate Department of Health, New York County Health Services Review Organization-MedReviewNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.School of Health Sciences, College of Health SciencesWalden UniversityMinneapolisUSA

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