Why Should Latinos Be Concerned About Childhood Obesity?
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.