Hispanics comprise a large and growing segment of the U.S. population. Over 77 percent of Hispanic/Latino adults are overweight or obese, compared with 67.2 percent of non-Hispanic whites. It is estimated that 2.5 million, or 10.4 percent of Hispanic and Latino Americans aged 20 and older have diabetes. Hispanics also are more likely to have undiagnosed diabetes than non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic blacks. The high prevalence of obesity and diabetes in Hispanic/Latinos clearly constitutes a public health crisis and is likely the result of biological, behavioral and social factors. This symposium will guide the audience through cutting-edge population based research in the US, which is trying to better understand the causes and consequences of these disparities.
Obesity and Diabetes: A Public Health Crisis in Hispanic/Latinos
Mercedes Carnethon, PhD