- Author: Jason Alvarez, UC Merced, University News
Latinos suffer from some of the highest obesity rates in the nation. Health officials have tried to intervene with messaging that encourages healthy eating and healthy behavior, but these campaigns have met with little success.
Now a new study Opens a New Window. from UC Merced public health Opens a New Window. Professor Susana Ramirez suggests that efforts might be more successful if strategies encouraged Latinos to “decolonize their diet.”
Obesity risk among Latinos reflects a broader trend that public health experts have termed the “dietary acculturation paradox.”
“The paradox comes from epidemiological findings...
- Posted By: Myriam Grajales-Hall
- Written by: Hispanic Market Facts/Research
Many U.S. Hispanics feel culturally connected to both their U.S. and Latino identities, according to the annual FOCUS: Latino report.
The study finds that, when asked to rate on a scale of 1-5 whether they identified themselves as “completely Latino” or “completely American,” 18 percent of Hispanics identify.../span>