The obesity epidemic is growing at alarming rates, especially amongst children. The most astounding part is that obesity is disproportionately affecting Latino and black children. It is believed that low-income is a large contributing factor and may be the key to understanding the disparities.
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Obesity means a child is severely overweight with a body mass index equal to or greater than the 95th percentile. Overweight means that your child is above the weight that is considered healthy and normal. Overweight children have a high probability to become obese adults.
The obesity epidemic may not be physically contagious but it is very alarming nevertheless. Obesity disproportionately affects Latino and black children.
- Nearly 1 in 3 children in America are overweight/ obese.
- About 38.9% of Latino children are either overweight or obese.
- Black children and latino children occupy the number one and two slot respectively as far as the break down by ethnic group.