Journal of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 256–264 | Cite as

Correlates of overweight and obesity in a Hispanic sample

  • Julie Blow
  • Ivan N. Torres
  • Theodore V. CooperEmail author


Theoretically-based correlates of weight and waist circumference in an overweight/obese Hispanic sample were assessed. Two-hundred thirty-one participants completed questionnaires assessing constructs from self-determination theory and the transtheoretical model. Height, weight, and waist circumference were also measured. Hierarchical regression models predicted weight and waist circumference. Lower weight was associated with greater perceived competence for diet and exercise (β = − .176, p = .054; β = − .202, p = .040), environmental reevaluation (β = − .254, p = .009), reduced pros of weight loss (β = .246, p = .007), stimulus control (β = − .200, p = .054), helping relationships (β = .234, p = .005), and social liberation (β = .226, p = .019). Lower waist circumference was associated with the maintenance stage for exercise (β = − .304, p = .028). Exploration of the transtheoretical model and self-determination theory in relation to reductions in overweight/obesity within Hispanic populations is warranted.


Obesity Overweight Hispanic Theory 



This research was supported by Grant Number 1 P20 MD002287-03 from the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (PI: Elias Provencio-Vasquez).

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Conflict of interest

Julie Blow, Ivan N. Torres, and Theodore V. Cooper declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and animal rights and Informed consent

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the study


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julie Blow
    • 1
  • Ivan N. Torres
    • 2
  • Theodore V. Cooper
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Texas Tech Health Sciences CenterEl PasoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Texas at El PasoEl PasoUSA

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