Latino Child Obesity Rates Continue to Rise, Especially in Boys

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Latino childhood obesity rates continue to rise in the U.S., especially among Latino boys.

About 26.8% of Mexican American boys were obese in 2007-08, compared to 19.8% of black boys and 16.7% of white boys, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Obesity among Mexican American boys was only 14.1% in 1988-1994.

This increasing trend is troubling because obesity, especially when developed at a young age and carried into adulthood, is associated with type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension and some types of cancer.

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