Childhood obesity represents a health crisis for many young Latinos in this country. More than 38 percent of Latino youth ages 2 to 19 are overweight or obese—a higher percentage than among Black or White youths—and many are likely to develop serious, chronic diseases such as diabetes.
But awareness of the crisis is increasing. And as Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., explains, Latino families and communities can take action to help reverse the epidemic among their children and adolescents. Sanchez, who is vice president and chief medical officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, details what Latinos should know—and do—about childhood obesity.