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Research Article

Immigrant Health Inequalities in the United States: Use of Eight Major National Data Systems

Table 4

Weighted prevalence (%) and unadjusted odds ratios for selected behavioral and health indicators among children aged 18 years born to immigrant and US-born parents: The 2011-2012 National Survey of Children’s Health ( ,677).

Behavioral or health indicator Children of
immigrant parents
Children of
US-born parents
Odds for children of immigrant
parents relative to children of
US-born parents

Obesity (BMI 95th percentile)a18.161.2614.590.421.301.09–1.55
Overweight (BMI 85th percentile)a34.391.4829.890.541.231.07–1.41
No physical activity14.360.877.–2.58
Lack of sports participation49.961.1238.840.481.571.43–1.73
School absence 2 weeks/year2.830.327.300.280.370.29–0.47
Exposure to secondhand smoke1.–0.24
Fair or poor overall health status 5.170.422.350.122.271.85–2.77
Behavioral/emotional health problem2.880.326.890.230.400.32–0.51
Autism spectrum disorder1.–0.85
Maternal breastfeeding rate87.420.9577.090.602.061.72–2.48
Mother in fair/poor health16.220.6710.340.261.681.50–1.88
Mother in fair/poor mental health8.210.527.510.221.100.95–1.28
Father in fair/poor health12.070.637.270.241.751.53–2.01
Father in fair/poor mental health5.200.424.420.181.190.98–1.43
Parental/household smoker14.220.6127.300.360.440.40–0.49

ADD/ADHD: attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Nativity differences in prevalence were statistically significant at for all indicators except diabetes and mother’s and father’s mental health status.
aDefined for children and adolescents aged 10–17 years.