Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Black and Latino children are more likely than white children to report everything from witnessing violence to engaging in less exercise to riding in cars without wearing seat belts
Black children are four times more likely and Latino children are two times more likely than white children to see a threat or injury with a gun. Black children are more likely to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol than Latino and white children. Rates of obesity are nearly twice as high among black and Latino children, who also report less vigorous exercise than white children. Black and Latino children are much more likely to report worse overall state of health. Black and Latino children are less likely than white children to wear a seat belt or a bike helmet. Violence is the leading cause of death for black male adolescents and one in five black children have witnessed violence by the fifth grade.