Immigrants arriving in Canada are found to be in much better health conditions as compared to their native Canadian counterparts.
Immigrants in Canada become unhealthy with passage of time--After immigrating to Canada, they tend to become unhealthy with the passage of time. Moreover, the study findings also reiterate that the longer the immigrants stay in Canada, the unhealthier they tend to become.
According to the lead author of the study and an assistant professor with University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, Katerina Maximova, living longer in Canada makes immigrants become unhealthy.
The study involved 6,400 children belonging to the low-income group in Montreal neighborhood representing 104 nations who were studies for a period spanning greater than five years.
Study analyzes changes in BMI among immigrant and Canadian children--In the study published in the Annals of Epidemiology, Maximova maintains that the main focus of the study was to know the changes coming in the BMI(body mass index) among immigrant and native-born Canadian children.
It’s a known fact that immigrants are healthier on their arrival than Canadians and that’s called healthy immigrant effect, asserted Maximova. Hence, the study aimed to know whether this healthy immigrant effect was also applicable to immigrants’ children or not, she stated. The study included children of new immigrants in Canada, Canada-born children whose parents are immigrants in Canada and native-Canadian children in the age group of nine to 12 years.
Striking findings of the study—The study findings showed that the healthy immigrant advantage enjoyed by new-to-Canada immigrant offsprings is not found in either native-born Canadian children or second-generation immigrants.
The healthy immigrant advantage gets lost with each successive year spent in Canada, states Maximova. With the passage of time, the BMI of immigrants starts to be almost the same as that of unhealthier native-born young Canadians, she asserts.
Study asserts need for supporting healthy choices by low-income communities—There is a need for promoting healthy neighborhoods with less fast food outlets, more playgrounds, surroundings with people leading healthy lifestyles including exercise and healthy eating, she maintains. All this can do wonders in bringing the required changes in the BMI.