Physical activity in Latino men and women: Facilitators, barriers, and interventions

Larsen, Britta A., Noble, Madison L., Murray, Kate E., & Marcus, Bess H. (2015) Physical activity in Latino men and women: Facilitators, barriers, and interventions. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 9(1), pp. 4-30.

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Latinos report less leisure time physical activity (PA) than non–Latino Whites and suffer disproportionately from diseases related to sedentary lifestyle, yet remain underserved and understudied. Gaining a better understanding of PA behavior in Latinos is critical to intervene on this significant public health issue. This article discusses the growing literature on the facilitators and barriers of PA in Latino men and women and reviews recent interventions to promote activity. Apart from acculturation influences, facilitators of PA in Latinos are similar to those of non–Latino Whites, with most research focusing on self-efficacy and social support. Barriers for Latinas, however, are more culturally distinct, such as a focus on caregiving and cultural standards for body shape. Barriers unique to Latino men largely have not been studied. Researchers have adopted a variety of approaches to increase PA, including using promotores and incorporating culturally appropriate activities, and have had mixed success. However, the community and randomized controlled trials almost exclusively included only women. Studies reviewed here suggest that interventions should target culturally specific barriers beyond language to successfully increase PA in Latinos and highlight a need for formative research and design of interventions for Latino men.

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ID Code: 86226
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: physical activity, Latinos, gender differences, cultural barriers
DOI: 10.1177/1559827614521758
ISSN: 1559-8276
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2015 00:03
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2015 21:35

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