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New NCLR report: Latino children and nutrition


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Fruits and veggies, January 2008

The National Council of La Raza has released a third report in its Profiles of Latino Health series, which began last year. The new report examines Latino children's nutrition, and the results aren't encouraging. From the report:
Hispanic children currently make up more than one in five children in the U.S., and, as the fastest-growing segment of the child population, are expected to represent nearly one in three children by 2030.3 Latino children are also the hungriest in America—making up almost 40% of the one million children living in hunger.4 Ironically, they also have one of the highest risks for obesity; researchers estimate that nearly two-fifths (38.5%) of Latino children ages two to 19 were overweight or obese in 2008.5 Because hunger and obesity have serious implications for the developmental and health outcomes of children and adolescents, it is imperative to take action now, before these children become the first generation not to outlive its parents.

The entire health series is available here.