In our country tortilla doesn’t make us fat: Cultural factors influencing lifestyle goal-setting for overweight and Obese Urban, Latina patients

Melanie Jay, Damara Gutnick, Allison Squires, Barbara Tagliaferro, Lauren Gerchow, Stella Savarimuthu, Sumana Chintapalli, Michele G. Shedlin, Adina Kalet

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Abstract

Obesity disproportionately affects Latina adults, and goal-setting is a technique often used to promote lifestyle behavior change and weight loss. To explore the meanings and dimensions of goal-setting in immigrant Latinas, we conducted four focus groups arranged by language ability and country of origin in an urban, public, primary care clinic. We used a narrative analytic approach to identify the following themes: the immigrant experience, family dynamics, and health care. Support was a common sub-theme that threaded throughout, with participants relying on the immigrant community, family, and the health care system to support their goals. Participants derived satisfaction from setting and achieving goals and emphasized personal willpower as crucial for success. These findings should inform future research on how goal-setting can be used to foster lifestyle behavior change and illustrate the importance of exploring the needs of Latino sub-groups in order to improve lifestyle behaviors in diverse Latino populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1603-1622
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Behavior change
  • Exercise/physical activity
  • Goal-setting
  • Health care professionals
  • Latino/Hispanic populations
  • Obesity/overweight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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