Hispanic American and obesity
Mexican Americans are one of the most likely ethnic groups in America to develop diabetes and obesity. In particular, the Hispanic Americans along the United States and Mexican border are at a higher risk for developing these health issues. For this study 810 people with an age range from 35-65 were tested. One of the leading factors in why Hispanic Americans are so likely to get obese is they lack the income to buy healthier food. Most of the food they buy is fast food. Fast food is high in fat and calories and very cheap. Eating fast food three meals a day every day will also lead to diabetes.
To complicate matters, Hispanic Americans often develop these health problems before they are eligible to use the Medicaid system and often die before they can even start using those funds. also 80 percent of people tested do not have medical coverage. The rate of diabetes in Hispanic Americans is nearly twice that of Anglos.
Cohorts were established to collect human test subjects to determine how often widespread these diseases are among the Hispanic population. They were placed along the border to the United States and Mexico as well as alone rural boundary lines close to cities. different age groups and genders were tested for high likely they are to get diabetes and obesity.
The most beneficial way to help stop this epidemic is to increase there income. It may help to increase the minimum wage and have more healthy food available in local food pantries that they could access when needed there also needs to be more community involvement in research and testing for diabetes before its to complicated and expensive to fix.
Fisher-Hoch, S. P., Rentfro, A. R., Wilson, J. G., Salinas, J. J., Reininger, B. M., Restrepo, B. I., ... & Hanis, C. M. (2010). Peer Reviewed: Socioeconomic Status and Prevalence of Obesity and Diabetes in a Mexican American Community, Cameron County, Texas, 2004-2007. Preventing chronic disease, 7(3).