Childhood obesity, inactivity top concerns for Hispanics (Video)
Hispanics feel obesity and lack of exercise are the biggest issues affecting children in their communities, according to results from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.
Following those, in order of importance, were also the issues of drug abuse, bullying, stress, smoking and tobacco use, teen pregnancy, alcohol abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and last on the list — internet safety.
Out of the three demographics polled — non-Hispanics blacks, non-Hispanics whites, and Hispanics — all rated lack of exercise and obesity among the top three areas of concern. The only group not to list obesity or exercise in the number one category was non-Hispanic blacks, who indicated they were most concerned about smoking and tobacco use among children.
The information revealed in the poll corresponds to national statistics suggesting childhood obesity is becoming more common and an increasing concern for adults.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate Hispanic children have the highest rates of obesity compared to non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks. According to the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Hispanic children are 1.2 times as likely to be obese compared to non-Hispanic white children.
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