Latino, Black Kids at Higher Risk for Chronic Conditions


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stpaulCC 093 10-2-2007Latino and black children had a higher risk of having a chronic health condition, such as obesity or asthma, a new study found, HealthDay reports.

The study, published in the February Journal of the American Medical Association, found that one of every two U.S. children now grapples at some time with a chronic health condition—one that lasts at least 12 months, the report states. The good news is that for many of those children, their chronic childhood illness won’t persist. Just over 7 percent of those who reported a chronic condition at the beginning of the study still had the condition six years later.

The bottom line, according to article commentary, is that U.S. children need better health habits. Prevention is key.

Read the journal article or the news story about the study.

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of Latino kids have obesity (compared to 11.7% of white kids)

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