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Obesity and Hispanic Americans

  • Among Mexican American women, 78 percent are overweight or obese, as compared to only 60.3 percent of the non-Hispanic White women.
  • In 2011, Hispanic Americans were 1.2 times as likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic Whites.
  • From 2009 - 2010 Mexican American children were 1.6 times more likely to be overweight as Non- Hispanic White Children.
  • From 2007-2010, Mexican American women were 40% more likely to be overweight, as compared to Non-Hispanic Whites.

 

Age-adjusted percentage of overweight persons 20 years of age and over who are obese, 2007-2010. (Persons are considered obese if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater.) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

 
Mexican American
Non-Hispanic White
Mexican American/ Non-Hispanic White
Men
36.3
34.1
1.1
Women
44.6
32.5
1.4

Source:  CDC 2013. Health United States, 2012. Table 68.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF | 9.64MB]

 

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 18 years of age and over who are obese, 2011. (Persons are considered obese if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater.) National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

 
Hispanics/Latinos
Non-Hispanic White
Hispanics/ Non-Hispanic
White Ratio
Men
30.9
27.7
1.1
Women
32.6
24.8
1.3
Total
31.8
26.2
1.2

Source:  CDC 2012.  Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2011  Table 31.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_256.pdf [PDF | 3.12MB]

 

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 18 years of age and over who are overweight but not obese, 2011. (Persons are considered overweight if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or greater.) National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

 
Hispanics/Latinos
Non-Hispanic White
Hispanics/ Non-Hispanic
White Ratio
Men
43.4
41.1
1.1
Women
32.6
26.8
1.2
Total
38.0
33.9
1.1

Source:  CDC 2012.  Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2011  Table 31.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_256.pdf [PDF | 3.12MB]

 

Age-adjusted percentage of persons 20 years of age and over who are overweight or obese, 2007-2010. (Persons are considered overweight if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or greater.) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

 
Mexican American
Non-Hispanic White
Mexican American/ Non-Hispanic White
Men
81.3
73.6
1.1
Women
78.0
60.3
1.3

Source:  CDC 2013. Health United States, 2012. Table 68.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF | 9.64MB]

 

CHILDREN

Percentage overweight among children and adolescents 6-11 years of age, 2007-2010

 
Mexican American
Non-Hispanic White
Mexican American/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio
Girls
22.4
14.0
1.6
Boys
24.3
18.6
1.3

Source:  CDC 2013. Health United States, 2012. Table 69.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus12.pdf [PDF | 9.64MB]

 

Percentage of children and adolescents 6-17 years of age, 2009-2010

Mexican American
Non-Hispanic White
Mexican American/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio
23.4
14.6
1.6

Source:  Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics. America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2013. Table HEALTH7.
http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/tables/health7.asp

 

Percentage of children and teens ages 2-19 who were told by a doctor that they were overweight, 2007-2010

Mexican American
Non-Hispanic White
Mexican American/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio
47.8
41.3
1.2

Source:  2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Table 2_10_1_3.1
hhttp://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr12/index.html

 

Percent of children age 2-17 for whom a doctor or other health provider ever gave advice about amount and kind of physical activity, United States, 2009

Hispanics
Non-Hispanic White
Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White
36.8
35.2
1.0

Source:  2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Table 2_10_1_6.2b
http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr12/index.html

 

Percent of children age 2-17 for whom a doctor or other health provider ever gave advice about eating healthy, United States, 2009

Hispanics
Non-Hispanic White
Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White
58.1
49.0
1.2

Source:  2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Table 2_10_1_8.2b
http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr12/index.html

 

ADOLESCENTS

Percentage of high school students who were overweight, 2011

 
Hispanic
White
Hispanic / White Ratio
Girls
18.0
13.8
1.3
Boys
16.9
14.7
1.1
Total
17.4
14.2
1.1

Source:  CDC, 2011. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance - United States, 2010. Table 101.
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss6104.pdf [PDF | 3.5MB]

 

Percentage of high school students who were obese, 2011

 
Hispanic
White
Hispanic / White Ratio
Girls
8.6
7.7
1.1
Boys
19.2
15.0
1.3
Total
14.1
11.5
1.2

Source:  CDC, 2012. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance - United States, 2011. Table 101.
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss6104.pdf [PDF | 3.5MB]

 

HEALTH IMPACT OF OBESITY

  • More than 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. 1
  • People who are overweight are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high levels of blood fats, and LDL cholesterol ("a fatlike substance") -- all risk factors for heart disease and stroke.1
  • In 2011, Hispanic adults were 30% less likely to engage in active physical activity as Non-Hispanic Whites.

 

Physical Activity

 

Percentage Inactive physical activity among adults 18 & over: 2011 (Did not meet federal physical activity guidelines)

Hispanic
Non-Hispanic White
Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio
56.3
44.1
1.3

Source:  CDC 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2011. Table 29.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_256.pdf [PDF | 3.12MB]

 

Percentage Some Leisure Time Physical Activity Among Adults 18 & over: 2011 (Met aerobic guidelines only)

Hispanic
Non-Hispanic White
Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio
24.7
29.4
0.8

Source:  CDC 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2011. Table 29.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_256.pdf [PDF | 3.12MB]

 

Percentage Regular Leisure Physical Activity Among Adults 18 & over: 2011 (Met federal physical activity guidelines)

Hispanic
Non-Hispanic White
Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio
15.4
23.0
0.7

Source:  CDC 2012. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2011. Table 29.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_256.pdf [PDF | 3.12MB]

 

Percent of adults age 18 and over who were obese who were given advice about exercise, United States, 2009

Hispanic
Non-Hispanic White
Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio
59.4
59.1
1.0

Source:  2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report. Table 2_10_1_4.2b
http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr12/index.html

 

Percent of adults age 18 and over who were obese who were given advice about eating fewer high fat or high cholesterol foods, United States, 2009

Hispanic
Non-Hispanic White
Hispanic/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio
56.7
50.4
1.1

Source:  2012 National Healthcare Quality Report. Table 2_10_1_7.2b
http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr12/index.html

 

At a Glace – Risk Factors:

Obesity is a risk factor for several diseases. For statistics on these related diseases see:

Diabetes – See Diabetes and Hispanic Americans

Heart Disease –See Heart Disease and Hispanic Americans

Stroke –See Stroke and Hispanic Americans


1Source: http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2006/Obesity2006Report.pdf Exit Disclaimer [PDF | 2MB]
Last Modified: 10/16/2013 6:53:00 PM