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PACE: a family-based intervention of overweight and obesity in low-ses Asian Americans

Overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. One third of all children are overweight or obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2013) and more than two thirds of all adults are overweight or obese (CDC, 2012b). Minority and low-SES populations are at greater risk for overweight and obesity and obesity-related health conditions, including type 2 diabetes (Kumanyika & Grier, 2006). Most recent studies of overweight and obesity in minority populations has focused on African Americans and Hispanics; few studies have been conducted on Asian American populations (Yancey, Ory & Davis, 2006. Asian Americans have high rates of physical inactivity (Yancey, Ory & Davis, 2006), and obesity-related health problems may impact Asian Americans at lower BMI levels than the standard definitions of BMI (Kumanyika, 2008). The purpose of this project is to describe the process of implementing a physical activity education and intervention program delivered to address the needs of low SES Asian-American families with family members who are either overweight or obese.

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