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QuickStats: Percentage of Foreign-Born* Hispanic Adults with Selected Health Conditions, by Length of Time Living in the United States, 1998--2003§


* Foreign-born persons are defined as persons living in the United States who were not U.S. citizens by birth, including naturalized citizens, legal permanent residents, undocumented residents, and persons on long-term temporary visas.

Obesity, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease are defined in the source report. Data on health conditions were collected in National Health Interview Surveys from household interviews with samples of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population.

§ Estimates are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population using four age groups: 18--34 years, 35--44 years, 45--64 years, and >65 years.

Hispanic immigrants aged >18 years living in the United States for >5 years were more likely to be obese and have a higher prevalence of self-reported hypertension and cardiovascular disease than Hispanic adults who immigrated more recently.

SOURCE: Dey AN, Lucas JW. Physical and mental health characteristics of U.S. and foreign-born adults, 1998--2003. Advance data from vital and health statistics; no. 369. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2006. Available at

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