The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) Salud America! research network seeks to fill the gap of scientific data on causes of Latino childhood obesity and address this epidemic in U.S. Latino communities.
Obesity and overweight is more prevalent among Latino boys (44%) and girls (39%) compared to an average prevalence rate of 31 percent among children. The health and psychological consequences of obesity and overweight are long term, as are the medical consequences and expenses.
Investigators funded by RWJF’s Salud America! approached their research with a socioecologic framework, acknowledging that children’s health and behaviors are influence by the community (built environment, access to healthy foods), school (physical activity opportunities), and family (grocery choices).