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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2018, Article ID 6719861, 6 pages
Research Article

Dietary Intake and Obesity among Filipino Americans in New Jersey

William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, NJ 07470, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Persephone Vargas; ude.jnupw@psagrav

Received 7 January 2018; Revised 29 May 2018; Accepted 13 July 2018; Published 16 September 2018

Academic Editor: Linda M. Gerber

Copyright © 2018 Persephone Vargas. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The prevalence of obesity is a public concern and is linked to chronic diseases. Filipino Americans have a high prevalence rate of hypertension and diabetes. This study investigated the dietary intake of first-generation Filipino Americans (). In addition, it provides a comparison of the obesity rates using the International guideline and the WHO Asian recommendation. The dietary intake included caloric, carbohydrate, and fat intake and was determined using the Block Brief Food Frequency Questionnaire. The anthropometric measurements included actual height, weight, and waist measurements. The body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference were categorized using the International guideline and the WHO Asian recommendation to determine obesity. The caloric and carbohydrate intake were normal; however, fat intake was increased. The BMI and waist circumference showed substantial difference when using the International and Asian guidelines to determine obesity. The results highlight the increased health risks of Filipino American immigrants including a high dietary fat intake and an increased obesity rate.