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1, Oct 2, 2012

Obesity among Hispanics

Filed under: Healthy diet,Weight issue — admin @ 12:20 am

I read this piece of news on Friday, 9/21 “Cancer now No. 1 killer of U.S. Hispanics” by Dr. Otis Brawley, Special to CNN. Toward the end of the article, the author yields some figures on obesity among Hispanics, which come as a bit surprise.

“Hispanics do have higher diagnosis and death rates from cancers of the stomach, liver, cervix and gallbladder.

The triad of poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and obesity is the second leading  cause of cancer in the United States, surpassed only by tobacco use.

This triad is an especially significant problem among Hispanic women. Current data  indicate that among Hispanics, 43% of women and 34% of men are obese. This compares with  33% of all women in the United States and 32% of all men.”

I don’t know why. It could be because of Mexican foods or because they are not physically active or the combination of both. I will read more on this so that I can tell my children not to eat too much of their food if food is the culprit.

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