While childhood obesity rates among all demographic groups are considerably higher than they were a generation ago, children from certain racial and ethnic communities have been disproportionately affected. Sharply higher rates of overweight and obesity have occurred over the last few decades among Latino, African American, and American Indian children and adolescents.1 Today, the newest data indicate that, while leveling off in some sectors of the American populace, obesity rates among these ethnic groups remain significantly high.

This fact sheet is based on the most current research highlighting the prevalence, consequences, and causes of overweight and obesity among Latino youths.2 Additional fact sheets and resources on childhood obesity can be found at www.leadershipforhealthycommunities.org.


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Publication Date: 14-May
Published By: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - Leadership for Healthy Communities

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Population Type: Children & Teens, Latinos