Navigation Links
Why do some Mexican parents discourage teens' physical activity?
Date:12/5/2011

URBANA Imagine this scene: A teen who is about to enter college goes for a run or heads off for a game of soccer. But Mom and Dad complain about it, and the more physically active the teen is, the more the parents push back against it.

"This scenario is a variation on an often-heard complaint among students in Mexico," said Angela Wiley, co-author of a new University of Illinois survey of Mexican college applicants that offers a possible explanation for these attitudes and experiences as being rooted in cultural beliefs and expectations.

"In Mexico, where there are very high rates of obesity and diabetes, we'd expect parents to encourage their teens to be active, but this study tells us the opposite is often true, at least for college-bound students," she added.

Wiley said that the problem of obesity is more complicated than it seems, and sometimes cultural values and attitudes play a role in its development. She suspects that parents of college-bound teens may think the time their teens spend exercising could be better spent studying.

"Or parents may believe their teen's physical activity, which often takes place in a social context, takes away from family time," she said.

She admitted that more research is needed to uncover Mexican parents' values and beliefs about this issue. "However, any research that helps us understand Latino attitudes about physical activity is valuable not only in Mexico but in the United States, where obesity rates are climbing among Mexican immigrants," she added.

Wiley had the opportunity to survey college applicants about their health and fitness when she visited the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosί in Mexico as part of the U of I College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Academy of Global Engagement.

Upon returning to Illinois, she recruited three additional faculty membersMarcela Raffaelli, Flavia Andrade, and Margerita Teran-Garciaand a host of students to join the project, along with Mexican colleagues, forming the Up Amigos collaboration. (Up Amigos is an acronym for the University of San Luis Potosί and Illinois: A Multidisciplinary Investigation on Genetics, Obesity, and the Social Environment.)

The researchers were given access to data from the applicants' physical exams and were asked to formulate questions for the surveys that aspiring students complete. They hope to establish a data set that can be used to learn more about obesity, diabetes, and healthy family functioning in Mexican students and their families. But she also wants to understand more about how Latino culture and attitudes affect young people's health and fitness.

Each year since 2008, Up Amigos has received new data, and Wiley took the lead in publishing some initial findings in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

In the study, 3,908 16- to 25-year-old applicants to the University of San Luis Potosί answered questions about their own physical activity, their parents' perceived physical activity, and their family's influence on exercise and fitness. Because students in Mexico usually live at home while attending college, family influence may be a bigger factor that it would be in other countries.

Of the students in this pilot study, 61 percent reported that they were physically active, although only about 40 percent reported having physically active parents.

"If the teens believed their parents were active, they too were likely to enjoy and participate in various forms of exercise. The surprise was that we expected to find parents supporting their sons' and daughters' physical activity. Instead physically active applicants reported more conflict about exercise at home," she said.

Wiley said that a significant number of teens reapply to the university in successive years, giving the researchers the basis for a longitudinal study. "In these cases, we'll be able to monitor the progress of the same person over time. We'll be able to see if teens who report being physically active at the time of their first application have better health outcomes as time goes by," she said.


'/>"/>

Contact: Phyllis Picklesimer
p-pickle@illinois.edu
217-244-2827
University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Mexican Americans less likely than whites to call 9-1-1 for stroke
2. Substance Abuse in Mexican Americans Differs by Gender
3. Abbey Color Inc. and Mexicana de Extractos International, S.A. de C.V. Announce Joint Venture Abbymex
4. Targeted strategies needed to find, prevent and treat breast cancer among Mexican-origin women
5. Obesity Not Tied to Breast Cancer Risk in Mexican Americans
6. Mexican immigrants health declines as they assimilate to America
7. Drug use and discrimination among Phoenix area Mexican heritage youth
8. Researchers find rising levels of hypertension in older Mexican-Americans
9. Mexican Immigrants to U.S. Prone to Depression, Anxiety Disorders
10. Mexican-American Children Have High Levels of Flame-Retardants in Blood
11. Explorers Bounty Puffed Fruit Snacks Helping Parents Battle Summer Obesity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/1/2017)... ... March 01, 2017 , ... After a long period of ... cleanse. While juice cleanses and workouts top the detox categories, there is a rare ... regime. The Kerry Gaynor Method’s Vital Lung Detox is an herbal-based formula designed to ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... ... March 01, 2017 , ... Look for a new collection ... Roses and Drift Roses. Star Roses and Plants is launching their new Bushel ... The Bushel and Berry Collection makes growing fresh fruit simple with a variety of ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... ... March 01, 2017 , ... Breast Surgeon, Dr. Dennis Holmes of 90210 ... breast cancer and where it fits in the treatment paradigm at Susan G. Komen ... The event brings together leading cancer and wellness experts to share the latest innovations ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... ... March 01, 2017 , ... Granite Peaks Gastroenterology recently announced ... by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society ... Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by ACS and CDC). , “80% by 2018” ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “There is Comfort for the Soul”: a loving account of ... all-too-brief time together, and the soul-healing comfort provided by God’s presence in the face ... author, Jerie A. Tau, a dog-loving medical professional whose work takes her to remote ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/1/2017)... Mar 01, 2017 ... Research and Markets has announced ... to 2017" report to their offering. The ... report provides understanding and access to partnering deals and agreements entered ... provides an analysis of partnering deals. The majority of deals are ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to their offering. ... This analysis is one of the most accurate studies performed ... financial data derived from varied research sources to present unique and ... market during the next five years, including a deep dive analysis ...
(Date:3/1/2017)... , March 1, 2017  Numotion, the nation,s leading ... availability of Tek RMD ("robotic mobilization device") by Matia ... Tek RMD is a motorized standing movement device that ... manual wheelchair to complete everyday activities from a standing ... a Tek RMD unassisted. Numotion is the exclusive distributor ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: