Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp 1182–1189 | Cite as

The Effect of a Behavioral Weight-Loss Intervention on Depressive Symptoms Among Latino Immigrants in a Randomized Controlled Trial

  • Sophia Colombari Figueroa
  • Randall S. Stafford
  • Catherine A. Heaney
  • Lisa G. Rosas
Original Paper


Evidence of whether behavioral weight-loss interventions reduce depressive symptoms among Latino immigrants is limited. The effect of a behavioral weight-loss intervention on depressive symptoms was assessed using data from a clinical trial among Latino immigrants. Participants were randomized to a usual care (UC) control (n = 41), case management (CM) alone (n = 84), or CM with community health worker support (CM+CHW) (n = 82). Generalized estimating equation models were used to compare the impact of each intervention with UC. Effect modification by poverty level was further investigated. Overall, treatment groups were not significantly associated with 24-month changes in CES-D scores. Among participants below the 100% federal poverty level (FPL), those randomized to CM+CHW had 24-month CES-D scores significantly lower (Β coefficient = 0.72; 95% CI 0.55–0.93) than those in UC (p = 0.01). A behavioral weight-loss intervention providing case management and support from a CHW reduced depressive symptoms among Latino immigrants below the 100% FPL.


Latino immigrants Depressive symptoms Obesity Community health workers Case management 



This study was funded by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Grant No. R01 HL089448, and the REDCap data management tools were supported by the National Institutes of Health (Grant No. UL1 RR025744).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sophia Colombari Figueroa
    • 1
  • Randall S. Stafford
    • 4
  • Catherine A. Heaney
    • 4
  • Lisa G. Rosas
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineStanford University School of MedicinePalo AltoUSA
  3. 3.Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research InstitutePalo AltoUSA
  4. 4.Stanford Prevention Research CenterStanford UniversityPalo AltoUSA

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