Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 328–332 | Cite as

Predictors of Obesity Among Nigerian Immigrants in the United States

  • Olawunmi Obisesan
  • Wen-Hung Kuo
  • Michael Brunet
  • Adekunle Obisesan
  • Olubusayo Akinola
  • Yvonne Commodore-Mensah
Original Paper


Obesity is a highly prevalent cardiovascular disease risk factor globally and in African-descent populations. A cross-sectional study of obesity among a Nigerian immigrant sample population in the United States was conducted. Data was obtained through a web-based survey. Spearman’s correlation and logistic regression were used to determine sociodemographic and behavioral determinants of obesity. The results showed no significant relationship between obesity and education, socioeconomic status, length of stay, and level of physical activity. However, we identified a significant association between weekly consumption of alcohol and all obesity (OR 1.78, 95 % CI 1.091, 2.919), and moderate/morbid obesity (OR 2.46, 95 % CI 1.213, 4.999), and between gender and moderate/morbid obesity—men were less likely (OR .030, 95 % CI .001, .733) to be obese. These findings provide strong evidence to inform targeted screening for excessive alcohol consumption along with other primary prevention strategies that may reduce the prevalence of obesity among the Nigerian immigrant population.


Immigrants Obesity Prevention Alcohol Targeted screening 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest to disclose.


The Walden University Institutional Review Board provided ethics approval.

Informed Consent

All subjects provided informed consent before participating in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olawunmi Obisesan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wen-Hung Kuo
    • 1
  • Michael Brunet
    • 1
  • Adekunle Obisesan
    • 3
  • Olubusayo Akinola
    • 1
  • Yvonne Commodore-Mensah
    • 4
  1. 1.Walden UniversityMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Rollins School of Public HealthEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Southeast HospitalCape GirardeauUSA
  4. 4.Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of NursingEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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