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Obesity Prevention News
Profiles of Latino Health - A Closer Look at Latino Child Nutrition
Profiles of Latino Health: A Closer Look at Latino Child Nutrition - Latinos, along with Blacks and American Indians, have some of the highest rates of child overweight and obesity in the nation. These children may already be showing warning signs of chronic health conditions that are associated with obesity in adulthood. This week's issue of NCLR's Profiles of Latino Health examines the implications of overweight and obesity for Hispanic children.
Latinos who are overweight or obese as children are likely to grow up to be overweight adults. Obesity is linked with a number of chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. Overweight children are not only more likely to develop these problems as they age, they may also have already developed precursors to these diseases. In addition to the implications for their physical health, obese children and teens are more likely to suffer from mental, social, and behavioral issues that impede healthy functioning.
For more on the ramifications of child obesity for Latino children, check out "Issue 7: The Implications of Overweight and Obesity for Latino Children."
Breast Feeding Would Save Lives, Money
CHICAGO — The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women breast-fed their babies for the first six months of life, a cost analysis says. Those startling results, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, are only an estimate. But several experts who reviewed the analysis said the methods and conclusions seem sound. "The health care system has got to be aware that breast-feeding makes a profound difference," said Dr. Ruth Lawrence, who heads the American Academy of Pediatrics' breast-feeding section.