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Longitudinal Study: LSAC
Title: Children's longitudinal bodyweight in Australia: Influence of migrant mothers' long-term residency, attachment to, and level of childhood overweight in country-of-birth
Authors: Hartono, Susan 
Cochrane, Tom 
Niyonsenga, Theo 
Kinfu, Yohannes 
Publication Date: May-2022
Pages: 102791
Journal: Health & place
Keywords: Obesity
Australian Environment
Abstract: Immigration creates opportunities and imposes constraints associated with acculturation. We used the Australian national longitudinal survey of children aged 2 to 17 to evaluate the influence of mothers' long-term residency in Australia, mothers' attachment to country-of-birth, and macro indicators of childhood overweight environment at mothers' country-of-birth on children's longitudinal bodyweight. Both mothers' long-term exposure to the Australian environment and attachment to country-of-birth were associated with increased children's bodyweight z-scores. The childhood overweight environment in mothers' country-of-birth continued to influence their children's bodyweight after immigration. A better understanding of factors related to mothers' migration and children's bodyweight status is necessary to identify risk factors and migrant sub-groups needing extra support.
DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2022.102791
Research collection: Journal Articles
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