- 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: ABCNews.com
Black and Hispanic kids are disproportionately targeted by ads for sugary sodas, snacks and calorie-laden restaurant foods, researchers reported on August 11.
They say their report confirms what public health experts have suspected for years — that advertisers of junk foods find a lucrative audience among minorities.
And the researchers who wrote the report say it helps explain why black and Hispanic kids are more likely to be obese than their white peers.
The report finds that African-American children and teens see 70 percent more food-related TV advertising than white kids do. They...
- Author: Quartz.com by Matt Phillips
Studies have consistently shown Black and Hispanic Americans are more inclined to drink bottled water than other ethnic groups.
But a new paper, recently published in Contemporary Economic Policy (pdf), sheds light on the reasons why—and why this disparity matters.
Analysts polled a representative group of more than 1,000 participants in 2009, asking a number of questions about water consumption as well as attributes of bottled water in terms of taste, safety and convenience. Researchers confirmed that Black and Hispanic respondents were much more likely to drink bottled water and believe it was safer.