Obesity rate climbs for Mexican-Americans, study says
"Mexican-Americans get sucked into our fast food culture," said CEO of a Latino health organization, Venus Gines.
March 29th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

Obesity rate climbs for Mexican-Americans, study says

By Jennifer Bixler, CNN

(CNN) - Hispanics are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States.  By the year 2050, the U.S. Census Bureau projects Hispanics will compose 30 percent of the population.  Most are Mexican-American.  A new government study drills down on the changing way Mexican-Americans adults are eating and its effect on their health.

Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics compared statistics from 1982-1984 and 1999-2006.

Among the findings:

  • Obesity is up.  In the early 1980s 21% of Mexican Americans were obese.  By the middle of the last decade, the number had climbed to close to 35%.
  • More Mexican-Americans also have diabetes.  Close to 14% have it now – versus just under 10% 25 years ago.
  • The group's consumption of carbs is also up from just under 46% in the 1980s to just over 51%.

Read the full post on CNN's The chart blog

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Showmeyerpapers

    THATS why most of em look like their mom crapped out a potato

    March 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Californian

    Illegals work hard because they need a nest egg in case they're caught and deported.

    When they get amnesty and discover they can make a good living on democrat welfare, why work?

    Mmmmmm, fried chicken!

    March 29, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jorge

    Why do Mexican-Americans do this to themselves??? As a Hispanic, I know about my higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure, that's why I forgo the worst of take-out/fast foods and instead choose to eat the healthiest recipes from home as much as possible, furthermore there are American staples such as mixed greens, cooked veggie dishes and salads that are very good for you, you just have to pick and choose.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:21 am | Report abuse |