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Dr. Jennifer Zebrack, Assistant Professor of Medicine reports that 34% pf all Americans are overweight and 30.5% are obese, defined as having a Body Mass Index of 30.0 or higher.
Dr. Zebrack points out that it’s not just adults, who are becoming problematically heavy, but children and adolescents as well; about 13% of children and adolescents in the US are now seriously overweight ("US").
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Every time, more Latinos/Hispanics are overweight or obese: almost 60 percent of males and 68 percent of females according to recent studies NHANES III from the Center for the control of Sicknesses/NCHS.
Obesity in Hispanics vs. Mexican Americans
- Between the Hispanics, 22 percent of males and 23 percent of females are obese.
- Between the Mexico-Americans, 29 percent of males and 40 percent of females are obese ("La").