Saturday, August 21, 2010
Obesity is still climbing among African American and Native American Indian girls
Data, covering 1999 through 2008, shows that Hispanic and black children were more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic whites. Obesity prevalence stayed the same after 2005 for Hispanic girls, but it continued to climb for African American and Amerindian girls. The prevalence of severe obesity only declined among white and Asian boys; for everyone else, it stayed the same or increased. In 2008, about 5% of Native American and African-American girls were severely obese, compared to just over 1% of non-Hispanic white girls.