- Between the mexico-americans from ages 6-11 years, 27 percent of the males and 20 percent of the females are overweight. ("La")
Out of all of the Hispanic children that live in the United States, 30.4% are overweight, compared to the 25% of the Caucasian children. The Hispanic adolescents that are born in the United States from immigrant parents have double the probability of becoming overweight than those adolescents that were born in the exterior and then moved to the US. (Estudio longitudinal nacional de la salud adolescente, 1988).
In general, the style of culture that the US offers, increases the risk factor for obesity in a person. The Hispanic children have a greater risk of developing diabetes type 2 than the Caucasian children. Studies have also shown that the percentage of children with diabetes type 2 has increased about 5% since 1994, to 20% than 30% after 1994. Obesity is one of the principal risk factors for diabetes type 2 in children ("Hoja").