Latino Obesity Epidemic Analysis

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It’s to no surprise that obesity is an epidemic in America and is continuing to grow at an alarming rate. Statistics say that more than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese and being overweight is harming the nation by worsening the health burden, raising health costs, and undermining productivity (Greenhalgh). Sadly the responsibility for this epidemic is mostly put on Blacks and Latinos, who have the highest percentage of obesity. Latinos more so have sparked this for concern due to their large numbers in the United States and something must be done about this to help bring down these numbers and help the overall population’s health. Latino Obesity Epidemic Because Latino’s make up a huge number in the United States…show more content…
So how do Latino’s find themselves facing this lack luster of horrible diseases? It all comes down to their nutritional choice of foods. In the Hispanic culture down in the South, Texas for instance, the diet intake is mostly composed of heavy meats, breads, rice, beans, sugar filled drinks and everything fried. Statistics according to news reporting originating from San Marcos, Texas, by NewsRx correspondents, research states that, "Obesity rates in the southern US states are higher than in other states, most likely due the amount of the Latino population that has migrated to the area (Diet and nutrition disorders). Healthy People 2020 According to Healthy People 2020 we must promote health and reduce chronic disease risk through the consumption of healthful diets and achievement and maintenance of healthy body weights. Healthy People 2020 has done extensive research and have strong science supporting all the nutritional benefits from eating the right foods and doing proper exercise to maintain the normal body weight standards. By promoting health to the Latino population this would benefit their health and the health of the United States overall Approaching the Target…show more content…
Preventions and countermeasures should be taken into consideration to help decrease the overall obesity numbers and increase healthy life styles. By working together no matter what race or ethnicity you are we should spread the word to everyone that eating these highly saturated foods and sugar filled drinks is horrible for the body’s performance. Instead we should promote the consumption of healthy foods that help give our body the nutrition it deserves to maintain proper body weight standards. Also having a support system that is with you at a moment’s notices from a text messaged has proved to help people lose weight and maintain a healthy nutrition and weight, which is vital not only to the individual, but
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