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Journal of Obesity
Volume 2013, Article ID 542736, 6 pages
Research Article

Weight-Loss Interventions for Hispanic Populations: The Role of Culture

1Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, 3800 N. Interstate Avenue Portland, OR 97227-1110, USA
2Providence Medical Center, 5050 N.E. Hoyte St. Suite 540, Portland, OR 97213, USA

Received 12 November 2012; Accepted 28 January 2013

Academic Editor: Karen J. Coleman

Copyright © 2013 Nangel M. Lindberg et al. 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.


In the United States, ethnic minorities are overrepresented among the overweight and obese population, with Hispanic individuals being among the groups most at risk for obesity and obesity-related disease and disability. Most weight-loss interventions designed for the general population have been less successful with individuals from ethnic minorities and there is a pressing need to develop more effective interventions for these groups. This paper examines the importance of culture in the development of “culturally competent” weight-loss interventions for ethnic minority populations, and discusses specific culturally mediated factors that should be considered in the design and implementation of treatment interventions. While specifically focusing on Hispanic populations, we also address issues of relevance to other multiethnic societies.