Obesity is a serious problem in the U.S. and recent studies confirms that obesity is on the rise. Two new studies from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that about 41% of women and 35% of men are obese, which is no surprise why this puts Latino children at a high risk for obesity.
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The two studies were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which surveyed thousands of adults and children over the last 2 years. From a global standpoint, there are 1.9 billion adults that are overweight or obese according to the World Health Organization. Obesity increased 3% in women and 1% in men. Just a decade ago about 38% of women and 34% of men were obese. The biggest hike was seen among teens, where obesity rates rose from 17% to 21%. When compared to white children, the odds of Latino children being obese are 48% higher.