Hispanic Male’s Perspectives of Health Behaviors Related to Weight Management

David O. Garcia, Luis A. Valdez, Steven P. Hooker

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Hispanic males have the highest prevalence of overweight and obesity among men in the United States; yet are significantly underrepresented in weight loss research. The purpose of the current study was to examine Hispanic male’s perspectives of health behaviors related to weight management to refine the methodologies to deliver a gender-sensitive and culturally sensitive weight loss intervention. From October 2014 to April 2015, semistructured interviews were conducted with 14 overweight Hispanic men of ages 18 to 64 years. The interviews lasted approximately 60 minutes. Participants also completed a brief questionnaire and body weight/height were measured. Grounded in a deductive process, a preliminary codebook was developed based on the topics included in the interview guides. A thematic analysis facilitated the identification of inductive themes and the finalization of the codebook used for transcript analysis. Four overarching themes were identified: (a) general health beliefs of how diet and physical activity behaviors affect health outcomes, (b) barriers to healthy eating and physical activity, (c) motivators for change, and (d) viable recruitment and intervention approaches. Future research should examine feasible and appropriate recruitment and intervention strategies identified by Hispanic males to improve weight management in this vulnerable group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1547-1559
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican journal of men's health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017


  • Hispanic
  • diet
  • interviews
  • men’s health
  • physical activity
  • weight management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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