African youth and obesity: The role of the intergenerational acculturation gap

  • Renzaho, Andre (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Lo, Sing Kai (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Mellor, David (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Swinburn, Boyd (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Green, Julie (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

African migrant children gain weight at an alarming rate following migration, and have an obesity prevalence greater than that of their Australian counterparts within an average of six years of arriving. We will evaluate a model based on family processes and acculturation factors that lead to these changes. This will inform the development and evaluation of programs aimed at slowing rapid weight gain and maintaining healthy lifestyles in this subpopulation. Ultimately, the data will inform obesity prevention policy and the development of models that are inclusive for migrant communities within large scale obesity prevention programs at the population level.
Effective start/end date1/01/1031/12/13


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$73,680.00