community health, transcultural health, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, obesity, body mass index, demographics
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islanders (NHOPIs) are people with genetic origins in Hawaii, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands (Hixson, Hepler, & Kim, 2012). NHOPI prevalence of overweight or obesity is among the highest in the world. Nauru, a Pacific Island nation, is considered the most obese country in the world with an overweight and obesity prevalence of 93% (WHO, 2011). Hawaii’s overall prevalence of overweight or obesity is 52.1%, but the prevalence for Native Hawaiian residents is 69.6% (Hawaii Department of Health, 2011). Inasmuch as NHOPIs are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the U.S. (Hixson et al., 2012) and their overweight and obesity prevalence is high, the U.S. as well as Pacific Island nations must be concerned with their obesity and related health care issues.
Original Publication Citation
Journal of Transcultural Nursing
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lassetter, Jane PhD, RN; Clark, Lauren PhD, RN, FAAN; Morgan, Sharla E. FNP; Brown, Lora Beth PhD; VanServellen, Gwen PhD, RN, FAAN; Duncan, Katrina FNP; and Hopkins, Betsy S., "The Relationship Between Select Demographic Characteristics and Body Mass Index Among Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Caregiving Adults" (2014). All Faculty Publications. 1496.
The final published version of this article can be found: Lassetter, J. H., Clark, L., Morgan, S. E., Brown, L. B., VanServellen, G., Duncan, K. and Hopkins, E. S. (2015), Health Literacy and Obesity Among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Public Health Nursing, 32: 15–23. doi: 10.1111/phn.12155
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