- Author: Rob Waters, Kaiser Health News
Saira Diaz uses her fingers to count the establishments selling fast food and sweets near the South Los Angeles home she shares with her parents and 13-year-old son. “There's one, two, three, four, five fast-food restaurants,” she says. “And a little mom and pop store that sells snacks and sodas and candy.”
In that low-income, predominantly Latino neighborhood, it's pretty hard for a kid to avoid sugar. Last year, doctors at St. John's Well Child and Family Center, a nonprofit community clinic seven blocks away, became alarmed by the rising weight of Diaz's son, Adrian Mejia. They persuaded him to join an intervention study run by the University...
- Author: ASCOpost.com by Jo Cavallo
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of July 2016, the Hispanic population in the United States had grown to 57.5 million, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or racial minority group. Studies have shown that U.S.-born Latinos have a higher incidence of cancer than foreign-born Latinos. To better understand the influence that acculturation and environmental factors have on cancer risks in Latinos in the United States, Setiawan et al launched a large observational study examining the cancer mortality patterns across first-generation immigrants and...
- 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...
- Author: ThePacker.com by Tom Karst
Hispanics and blacks are much less likely than non-Hispanic whites to report eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, a new survey report released by The Packer.
The 2014 Healthy Americas Survey, which polled about 850 Americans, said that only 7% of Hispanics and 8% of non-Hispanic blacks reported eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily, compared to 18% of non-Hispanic whites who reported five or more servings per days. The survey was supported by the Healthy Americas Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The study reported contrasting trends at lower consumption levels,...
- Author: FoxLatinoNews
It's a fact. At least according to a report by the consumer research group Packaged Food.
In its study, entitled “Hispanic Food Shoppers in the U.S.,” Packaged Food found that the majority of Latinos don't buy peanut butter, pretzels or pickles. Hispanic shoppers also shy away from ground beef and hamburgers, preferring to cook up steak instead.
When it comes to the dairy section, 52 percent of Latino shoppers said they buy whole milk instead of skim or other less fatty versions. That's compared to 32 percent of Americans overall.
While the report looks at the Latino population in general...