Key Facts about Childhood Obesity in the Latino Community

Jennifer Ng'andu and Emilia M. Leal Gianfortoni, (August 17, 2006)

Issue: Health and Nutrition
Publication Type: Fact Sheet

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Obesity is a chronic disease that currently affects nearly one-third of the adult American population, 15.5% of adolescents (ages 12–19), and 15.3% of children (ages 6–11).  Obesity in children and adolescents has many health and social consequences that often continue into adulthood; the increase in obesity rates for children has been especially significant, rising from 5% to 7% to more than 15% in just two decades.