Comparison of dietary quality among Puerto Ricans living in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico
Published Date:Apr 2017
Source:J Immigr Minor Health. 19(2):494-498.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC5315670
Funding:P60 MD006912/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
R01 MH085653/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/United States
U48 DP005031/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
Puerto Ricans are burdened by nutrition-related diseases, with greater disease prevalence among Puerto Ricans residing in the continental U.S. compared to those in Puerto Rico (PR). However, little is known about diet quality of these two groups.
To compare diet quality of Puerto Ricans in Massachusetts (MA) and PR.
Puerto Rican patients from health centers in MA (n=42) and PR (n=52) completed a food frequency questionnaire. Diet quality was assessed with the Healthy Eating Index-2010 (HEI). Analysis included Mann-Whitney, Chi-square and logistic and quantile regressions.
57.1% of participants in MA and 19.6% in PR had a poor diet. Adjusting for age and education, participants in MA were more likely to have a poor diet (OR=3.4; p=0.02) and lower HEI scores than participants in PR.
Diet quality among Puerto Ricans is poor, and is worse among mainland Puerto Ricans compared to islanders.
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