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Cardiovascular disease risk factors in Canadian-born and immigrant children and youth in the Canadian Health Measures Survey

TitleCardiovascular disease risk factors in Canadian-born and immigrant children and youth in the Canadian Health Measures Survey
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsAta, N.
Date PublishedJune
UniversityUniversity of Alberta
CityEdmonton, AB
Keywordsblood pressure, canada, cardiovascular disease, children and youth, dyslipidaemia, epidemiology, immigrant, obesity
Abstract

Immigrants make up almost 20% of Canada's population. Recent adult immigrants to Canada are generally in better health than those born in Canada. However, we know little about whether this is also the case in children. We compared mean levels and prevalence of adverse levels of CVD risk factors between immigrant (foreign-born) and Canadian-born cildren and youth using data from 4211 children and youth aged 6 to 19 years in the Canadian Health Measures Survey cycles 1 and 2 (2007-2009, 2009-2011). Levels of obesity, high waist circumference, elevated blood pressure, and dyslipidaemia were lower in immigrant than in Canadian-born children. However, Canadian-born children and youth reported better health behaviours. Overall, results indicated a trend toward a more favourable CVD risk factor profile among immigrant children and youth in Canada. This study suggests a health advantage in immigrant children and youth over Canadian-born children and youth.

URLhttps://era.library.ualberta.ca/files/z603qz252
DOI10.7939/R3ZS2KN2R
Document URLhttps://era.library.ualberta.ca/files/z603qz252/Ata_Nicole_201406_PDFA%20compliant.pdf