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Why Minority Kids Have A Bigger Obesity Problem Than Whites

By: Patrice Johnson

The AtlantaBlackStar recently reported that according to new research, minorities and Native Americans are more likely than whites to gain weight during childhood, a statistic which increases the risk of obesity by the time adulthood is reached.

In recent studies, African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans were said to be most likely to surpass the average weight by the time they are 18, over their white peers.

There were three data sets used for the study and more than 31,000 adults surveyed. Weight categories for the participants were determined according to their body mass index (BMI), measured by an individual’s height to weight ratio. If a participant’s BMI was less than 25, they were considered to be of normal weight. If the BMI was 30 or more, they were classified as obese. Those whose BMI results came between 25 and 30 were considered overweight, but not yet obese.

The participants in the study who had normal weight, ranged between 49% for Native Americans, to 73% of whites. For those that were between the ages of 18 to 30, African-American women, Native American men and women, as well as Hispanic men were amongst those more likely to be overweight or obese. According to the study, the percentage of African-American women with normal weight decreased by 5.2% in the year of 2015 alone.

Christy Avery, the leading author of the study, states that once you become obese it is significantly more difficult to get back down to a normal BMI number again.

With excess weight being linked to a number of chronic diseases, Avery asserts that preventative care is key and much more effective than trying to fight obesity post trauma.

A person’s surroundings can also be a deterrent in the battle to lose weight. Dr. Mitchell Roslin, the chief of obesity surgery at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital, stated that an “obesogenic environment” can be the key factor of why a person may be at risk of becoming morbidly obese.

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