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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
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 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 Disparities 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.pdfExit Disclaimer [PDF | 2MB]


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