Differences in modifiable feeding factors by overweight status in Latino infants

Diana Cartagena, Jacqueline M. McGrath, Saba W. Masho

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Purpose: Obesity prevalence remains disproportionally high for young American children from low-socioeconomic and ethnic minorities. Modifiable feeding factors may lead to infant overfeeding and an increased risk for obesity. This study explored differences in modifiable feeding factors by overweight status (>. 85% weight-for-length) in the first year of life of Latino infants. Methods: Data were obtained from a cross-sectional pilot study of 62 low-income immigrant Latina mothers and their infants (ages 4-12 months). Measures included maternal feeding practices, feeding pattern, infant's 24-hour dietary recall, and maternal perception of infant weight. Chi-square and t-tests were used for comparisons between healthy weight and overweight infants. Results: Birth weight z-scores did not significantly differ by weight status. Overweight status was not associated with maternal feeding practices, feeding pattern or infant dietary intake. A trend toward significance was seen in the maternal perception of infant weight. Conclusion: Overweight infants were similar to healthy weight infants in their birth weight z-scores and supports the premise that modifiable feeding factors are in play and thus targeted early feeding interventions may prove effective in decreasing obesity risk in Latinos.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-215
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Nursing Research
StatePublished - May 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Breastfeeding
  • Hispanic mother
  • Infant feeding
  • Latina mother
  • Overfeeding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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