Poor Body Size Judgment Can Lead to Tolerance of Obesity, Says Study of Mostly Hispanics

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scaleSeven in every 10 obese adults underestimate how much someone weighs, according to a new study, Health Canal reports.

The study, which analyzed the body image perceptions of 253 mothers and their children (82.2% of them Hispanic), found that mothers of overweight/obese children also underestimated their children’s size.

Overweight and obese children also often misjudged their own body size, and their obese mothers’ size.

The study found that:

71.4% of obese adults and 35.1% of overweight adults underestimated size, compared with 8.6 percent of people of normal weight.

Among overweight and obese children, 86.3 percent and 62.3 percent, respectively, thought they weigh less than they do vs. 14.9 percent of children of normal weight.

About 80% of mothers of overweight children underestimated their child’s weight compared with 7.1% of mothers of children of normal weight and 23.1% of mothers with obese offspring. Children with obese mothers, too, found weight difficult to judge, with the vast majority of them incorrectly classifying an adult’s size.

“The failure to recognize abnormal weight occurs more often among overweight or obese mothers and children. Children of obese mothers often also underestimate adult size, suggesting that tolerance of being overweight is common among children exposed to obese parents,” said Dr. Tracy Paul of Columbia University Medical Center in the Health Canal report. “This is worrying, as flawed weight perception impedes one’s ability to recognize obesity and its risks as a personal health issue.”

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Infographic: U.S. Latinos by the Numbers

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Latino Family 2Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, doesn’t just celebrate the Latino culture.

Did you know Sept. 15 is also the independence day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatamala, Honduras, and Nicaragua? And that Mexico’s independence day is Sept. 16, and Chile’s Sept. 18?

These are just a few of the interesting facts about Latinos in a new “By the Numbers” infographic from NBC News.

Here are some more tidbits:

  • 17.1% of the United States are Latino
  • 25% of U.S. public school children are Latino
  • Only Mexico has a larger Latino population than the United States
  • 37 members of Congress are Latino
  • 51% of Hispanics/Latinos don’t have a preference being called “Latino” or “Hispanic”
  • U.S. Latinos have $1.2 trillion in buying power

Check out the full infographic here.

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Tweetchat Today (9/16): How to Create a ‘Culture of Health’ for Latinos

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Editor’s Note: #SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat hosted at 1 p.m. every Tuesday on Twitter by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday and Salud America!.

Gorgeous little girl in a seesawLatino health is vital.

But Latino families face barriers to good health—lack of access to care, parks, healthy food, as well as more junk food marketing and sugary drinks—which contribute to high obesity rates.

Today let’s tweet about the issues that impact our health and well-being during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) and what we can to create a culture of health for Latino families at the inaugural #SaludTues Tweetchat.

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “How to Create a Culture of Health for Latino Families”
  • DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
  • TIME: Noon CST (1:00 PM ET)
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • Co-HOSTS: @SaludToday, @AHA_Vida, and @RWJF_Live!

We’ll open the floor to your stories and experiences as we explore:

  • What are the biggest health problems facing Latino families?
  • What culture myths/issues get in the way of raising a healthy family?
  • Why is obesity such a big problem for Latino kids?
  • How can Latino families/communities create a strong Culture of Health?

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter, share your stories and resources that can help drive a culture of health for Latino children and families.

Study: More Latino Workers Died on the Job in 2013

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constructMore Latino workers died on the job last year, even though overall worker deaths declined, according to new federal statistics.

Overall, 4,405 workers died from injuries sustained on the job in 2013, 223 fewer than in 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Center for Public Integrity reports.

That is about 3.2 deaths per every 100,000 full-time workers.

However, Hispanic worker deaths increased from 708 to 797, about 3.8 deaths per 100,000.

“It’s no surprise that the number remains high,” said Rebecca Smith, deputy director of the National Employment Law Project, a worker advocacy and research group, told the Center for Public Integrity. “In part, that’s a function of many Latino workers moving to more dangerous forms of employment, including construction. But also, there’s a huge overlay between the high incidents of Latinos who do [contract] work…It’s a mix of being in more dangerous work and contract work moving into more dangerous sectors. These statistics point to exactly the challenge for our country as workers move more and more into subcontracted jobs.”

The Center for Public Integrity reports that most workers killed on the job in 2013 (1,740) died “in transportation accidents; 717 died via contact with objects and equipment; 699 died from falls, slips or trips; and 330 died from exposure to harmful substances or environments. Violence — either homicides or suicides — accounted for 753 deaths, or roughly one out of every six.”

Latina Researcher Dr. Amelie Ramirez Wins ‘Mujer’ Award for Community Service

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Dr. Amelie Ramirez

Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has received the 2014 “Regional Mujer Award” from the National Hispana Leadership Institute, a national leadership organization for Latinas.

Mujer (Woman) awards are given annually to Latinas who serve their communities with “justice, love, and the deepest pride in their culture.”

Past Mujer winners include actresses Eva Longoria and Rosaro Dawson, Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO of Girl Scouts, and Ivelisse Estrada, VP of Univision.

Ramirez, an internationally recognized expert in health disparities research, has spent 30 years developing unique health communication models that have helped reduce cancer rates and increase cancer screening and healthy behaviors among Latinos. She also trains minority students and faculty in research methods.

She directs two national research networks, Redes En Acción and Salud America!, and leads a unique Latino health social media campaign called @SaludToday.

“I am honored by this recognition for our multi-faceted work to reduce cancer inequalities and increase healthy behaviors among Latinos,” said Dr. Ramirez, the Dielmann Chair in Health Disparities Research & Community Outreach and the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Endowed Chair in Cancer Health Care Disparities at the Health Science Center.

Ramirez joins three other Mujer Award winners this year:

  • Elaine Coronado, founder and president of Argus Events & Marketing, 2014 Mujer Alumna of the Year;
  • Dr. Ana Gil-Garcia, a professor at Northeastern Illinois University, 2014 National Mujer Award; and
  • Dr. Raquel Cohen, an expert in the field of intervention and assistance to survivors of disasters, 2014 Mujer Chair’s Award.

Winners will receive their award at the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s 2014 Executive Leadership Conference & Mujer Awards on Sept. 15, 2014, in Dallas.

“The 2014 Mujer Honorees are all incredible trailblazers in their respective fields,” said Ann Marquez, president of the National Hispana Leadership Institute. “Though there were many deserving women nominated for each category, each of our Honorees were chosen for their demonstrated leadership and desire to continue paving the path for our Latinas.”

What the Heck is #SaludTues?

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Gorgeous little girl in a seesawPlease join #SaludTues, a new weekly Tweetchat series about Latino health (salud)!

The series, which takes place every Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET (12 P.M. CST) every Tuesday, will feature any Latino health issue can be a topic for the #SaludTues chat, from heart health, childhood obesity, nutrition and physical activity, access to health care, education, culture of health, etc.

Chats are hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign directed by the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and two co-host experts or organizations.

When is #SaludTues Tweetchat No. 1?

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, let’s tweet about what we can to create a culture of health for Latino families at the inaugural #SaludTues chat and discuss our health and well-being during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “How to Create a Culture of Health for Latino Families”
  • DATE: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
  • TIME: Noon CST (1:00 PM ET)
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • CO-HOSTS: @SaludToday, @AHA_Vida, and @RWJF_Live!

Anyone with a Twitter handle is welcome to join the chat. Just tag your Tweets with the hashtag #SaludTues to join and follow the conversation on Twitter.

Check our #SaludTues webpage for a schedule of upcoming Tweetchats.

If you’re interested in co-hosting a chat, email us at saludamerica@uthscsa.edu.

Spanish Video: How to Reduce Sodium in Kids’ Diets

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New PictureMore than 90% of kids ages 6-18 eat more sodium than recommended, heightening their risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease.

That sodium doesn’t come from the salt shaker, either.

About 43% of sodium eaten by children comes from the 10 foods they eat most often: pizza, bread and rolls, cold cuts/cured meats, savory snacks, sandwiches, cheese, chicken patties/nuggets, pasta mixed dishes, Mexican mixed dishes, and soups, according to the CDC.

Check out the CDC’s new English or Spanish video to find tips on how to reduce sodium in children’s diets.

“If you choose a lower sodium option, chances are that your children will too,” said Dr. Ileana Arias, the CDC’s principal deputy director, in the new videos.

Report: Latino Millenials Value Health, Exercise More Than Non-Hispanics

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via Latin Post

Latino millennials ages 18-34 rate their health more positively, define health as having a good diet, feeling good, and exercising, and report lower levels of stress compared to non-Latino Millennials, according to a new report, MediaPost reports.

The report, The Hispanic Millennial Project, was conducted by market researchers at ThinkNow Research and the ad agency Sensis to address Latino millennials’ “motivators and mindsets around health, wellness, diet, exercise, adoption of health related technology, health care insurance knowledge and enrollment and attitudes towards the ACA.”

Foreign-born Hispanic Millennials are more likely to define health as “having no physical problems” while U.S. born Hispanic Millennials are likely to define health as “feeling good” or “being fit”

Hispanic Millennials are more in favor of the Affordable Care Act compared to non-Hispanic Millennials

Foreign-born Hispanic Millennials are significantly more likely to choose traditional home remedies over medicine

Male Hispanic Millennials are more optimistic about their health than Hispanic Millennial females

Here are some of the report’s key findings about Latino millennials, via the Latin Post:

  • They are most worried about diabetes.
  • They are more likely to resist seeing a doctor unless it’s absolutely necessary and, when they do consult a doctor, they are more likely to get a second opinion.
  • Only 2% of Hispanic millennials correlate “looking good” with being “healthy.”
  • 80% are likely to exercise to avoid health problems for the future (vs. 69% of non-Hispanic millennials).
  • 57% exercise four times or more during the week (vs. 47% of non-Hispanic millennials).
  • 50% search online for organic products before shopping (vs. 40% of non-Hispanic millennials).
  • 25% play a team sport (vs. 14 of non-Hispanic millennials).
  • 28% use mobile apps for health related purposes.

Here’s the big takeaway, according to MediaPost:

“Hispanic Millennials have nuanced and sophisticated attitudes about health. They are early adopters of health technology. And while they continue to live in two worlds when it comes to health, many of their traditional cultural influences are becoming more aligned with mainstream attitudes embraced by non-Hispanic Millennials.”

Study: Hispanic, Black Patients Suffer More Mental Health Distress

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screeningHispanic and African American cancer patients suffered more mental health distress than non-Hispanic white patients, according to a new study, VoxxiNews reports.

The study, led by Héctor E Alcalá of UCLA, linked increased mental health stress to household income, as a cancer diagnosis is known to “erode finances.”

The VoxxiNews report cites two older studies with similar findings:

In 2008, data indicated economic stress for low-income women with cancer significantly impacted quality of life; functional, emotional, physical, social-family well-being, depression and anxiety scores were all worse for women who had economic stress while dealing with their cancer burden. The women in the 2008 study were primarily Hispanic, though ethnicity was not a factor in that particular study.

A similar study involving low-income Hispanic families found evidence of an association between depression and negative family interaction among depressed cancer patients. Unlike the 2008 study, this research was focused on how the results of stress hurt cancer patients rather than how economic factors came into play. Experts found depression among cancer patients triggers stressful interpersonal events that contribute to poor family interactions and additional depression.

The studies warrant additional efforts to bolster financial and psychosocial coping resources among Hispanics and African Americans, researchers suggest.

“This is especially important given the lower odds that minorities with advanced cancer have of receiving mental health services,” the researchers conclude. “As such, access mental health services in these groups should be promoted.”

Training Black, Latino Teen Girls in Computer Programming

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Peta-Gay Clarke, co-lead of Black Girls Code NY Chapter (far right), helps a girl during a 2013 app-building session at Google. (Bebeto Matthews/AP via New York Daily News at http://nydn.us/1CxDems)

Peta-Gay Clarke, co-lead of Black Girls Code NY Chapter (far right), helps a girl during a 2013 app-building session at Google. (Bebeto Matthews/AP via New York Daily News at http://nydn.us/1CxDems)

Young black and Latina girls now have a better chance of becoming computer programmers.

Google is expected to donate $190,000 to the Black Girls Code initiative, which empower young women of color ages 7-17 to embrace the current tech marketplace as builders and creators, thus diversifying the “white, male-dominated tech industry,” New York Daily News reports.

The grant enables a bilingual session at Google’s headquarters to teach 75 black and Latina teens how to build a mobile app in one day.

“Our goal is to change the face of technology by showing the world that girls of color can code and do so much more,” said Kimberly Bryant, founder of the nonprofit with seven chapters across the country and one in South Africa, according to New York Daily News.

Read more about Black Girls Code here.

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