Nativity and Duration of Time in the United States: Differences in Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Low-Income Postpartum Women

Published in: American Journal of Public Health, v. 97, no. 10, Oct. 1, 2007, p. 1787-1790

by Tamara Dubowitz, Stephanie A. Smith-Warner, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, S. V. Subramanian, Karen E. Peterson

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Limited research has examined the association of diet with immigrant status, adjusting for multiple socio-demographic and contextual influences. Among 662 WIC-eligible postpartum women, those who were foreign-born and had lived in the United States for 4 or fewer years consumed 2.5 more fruit and vegetable servings daily than native-born women; this difference diminished with longer US residence. White women consumed 1 serving less than Latinas, and those speaking both English and Spanish at home consumed 1.4 servings more than English-only speakers after adjusting for other covariates.

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