National Academy of Medicine

Physical Activity in Latino Communities

By Rebecca T. Adeigbe, Amelie G. Ramirez
April 06, 2015 | Commentary

Latino health is increasingly synonymous with the future of U.S. health, yet the nation’s largest and still-growing minority group continues to live in communities with reduced access to health-promoting resources and safe, pedestrian-friendly built environments. Latinos’ higher rates of childhood and adult overweight/obesity relative to whites and Blacks is often attributed to cultural influences, attitudes, and beliefs; however, community-level attributes are increasingly being associated with higher prevalence of obesity in Latino-predominant communities.

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