Thursday, September 9, 2004

Hispanic children are more likely to be overweight than their non-Hispanic peers

"Another new study on obesity in young people points to the fact that daily physical education in schools should be mandatory."

"Government figures show that about 15 percent of students in our nation's schools are overweight."

"The American Heart Association has found that 11.9 percent of Caucasian boys and 12 percent of Caucasian girls ages 6-11 are overweight. The figures are worse for blacks, where 17.6 percent of boys and 22.1 percent of girls are overweight in that age group. And the statistics are even worse for Hispanic children, with 27.3 percent of boys and 19.6 percent of girls overweight."

Nashville City Paper

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