What's Leading to an Increase in Latino Childhood Obesity?
Latino children suffer from obesity at a much higher rate than non-Hispanic children. Forty percent of Latino kids ages 2-19 are overweight of obese, compared to 28.5% of non-Latino white youths. A recent report by Salud!America found that one of the factors to these rates being so high among Latino youth is the lack of public parks.
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According to a national survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, fewer Latino (70%) than white (82.5%) respondents described their neighborhoods as having safe places for children to play. A study conducted in Southern California found that children of racial/ethnic minorities living in poverty have less access to parks and physical activity sites than children living in more advantaged neighborhoods.