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The study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research examined survey data to examine kids’ dietary behaviors and the impact of parents on food choices.
The study found that:
- 60% of all kids between the ages of 2 and 5 had eaten fast food at least once in the previous week.
- 29% of all kids had eaten fast food two or more times in the previous week.
- Only 57% of parents reporting that their child ate at least five fruit and vegetable servings the previous day.
- Latino and Asian parents say they have less influence over what their child eats than other groups.
“A weekly happy meal is an unhappy solution, especially for toddlers,” said Susan Holtby, the study’s lead author and a senior researcher at the Public Health Institute. “Hard-working, busy parents need support to make healthy food selections for their kids.”
But there’s bad news, too.
There was an alarming 8% spike in sugary drink consumption among adolescents ages 12-17, and consumption also rose significantly among Latino and African American adolescents.
The study, Still Bubbling Over: California Adolescents Drinking More Soda and Other Sugar-Sweetened Beverages, provides a comprehensive look at youth (ages 2-17) consumption of sugary drinks, charting consumption patterns from 2005-2007 to 2011-2012. The study was produced collaboratively by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA).
Sugary drink consumption did decreased by 30% among kids ages 2-5 and 26% among kids ages 6-11 in California.
But among kids ages 12-17, 65% drink sugary beverages daily, an 8% climb since 2005-2007.
About 74% of African American and 73% of Latino adolescents drink at least one sugary drink each day, compared to 63% of Asians and 56% of whites.
Adolescents in all ethnic groups, except whites, consumed more sugary drinks in 2011-12 than in 2005-07.
The report ends with this recommendation: “With nearly 40 percent of California children overweight or obese, it is vital that parents, educators, health professionals, businesses and policymakers work together to identify and implement public policies and other programs and strategies to reduce sugary drink consumption and protect children, especially teens.”
Go here to read more.
The El Monte City School District, Calif., are educating students on making healthier food and exercise choices.
The district, which has been spotlighted in a new video by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, designates a lead teacher at each campus as a “wellness champion” who helps teachers include wellness as part of their daily curriculum.
They also made healthier school lunch menus, using more whole grains and lean proteins. They make foods themselves to control sodium levels.
El Monte has about a 69% Latino population.
In Orange County, Calif., the “Latino health paradox” is evident.
Despite fewer resources and less access to regular medical care than wealthier white residents, low-income Latino immigrants have a longer average life expectancy and are more likely to have healthy birth outcomes, the Voice of OC reports in a two-part series.
But once in the U.S., those health advantages erode.
Research indicates that the children of immigrants have even poorer health regarding certain cancer, diabetes, birth outcomes and heart disease.
Many reasons cause this decline in health, including eating a less nutritious diet as immigrants and their children “acculturate” to American cuisine.
About 50 percent of students in Stanton, Santa Ana and Anaheim, Calif., are overweight or obese. Local officials say 1 of every 3 minorities will be diagnosed with diabetes by age 40.
Officials challenge people to live healthier lifestyles.
“I tell parents, ‘Eat like where you came from.’ The more families keep to their culture, the healthier they are,” Dr. Patricia Riba, who specializes in treating overweight and obese children in Orange County, told the Voice of OC. “My patients’ families came here for a better life – my Vietnamese and Mexican families – but it’s not always available to them. When they come to America, they pick up on our bad habits.”
The obesity epidemic poses a growing burden across the U.S., and low-income Latinos lacking insurance coverage are especially hard hit by the cost and disabilities from obesity-related type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Latino communities are fighting back by improving opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.
The second Web Forum in the series Weight of the Latino Nation, set for 1 p.m. CST Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, will highlight the latest research on the obesity epidemic and the factors impacting Latino communities.
Presenters include Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday. Salud America! recently released several research packages focused on topics around Latino childhood obesity, including healthier marketing and better food in the neighborhood.
Andre Quintero, mayor of El Monte, Calif., which is trying to institute a penny-per-ounce-sold tax on soda, is another speaker.
Presenters will discuss challenges to addressing the epidemic, and the program and policy actions being undertaken—or still needed—to tackle it.
The Alliance for a Healthier Generation recently announced the roster for its Youth Advisory Board, one of the only youth-led advisory groups in the country focused on childhood obesity issues.
These youths, which include several Latinos, play an integral role in advising and providing a youth perspective to the Alliance as it strives to encourage young people across the nation to make healthy choices.
Board members also serve as national spokespeople for the Alliance speaking at local and national events, interviewing with journalists and health-education experts, engaging with community leaders, and addressing their peers.
Each board member also must start healthy changes in their own neighborhoods and school districts by engaging in service-learning programs in their communities.
For example, 18-year-old board member Rogelio Barrera Bejarano of Van Nuys, Calif., has been able to spread awareness on the importance of eating healthy and being active by teaching empowerME4Life, a healthy living curriculum, to two little league soccer teams.
He also helped bring healthy snack options to his high school’s homecoming dance.
Read more about all the board members here.
Check out these new videos from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that discuss progress in reversing childhood obesity.
This video features Genoveva Islas-Hooker, regional director of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention, about how California and Latino families are addressing the epidemic.
This video features Eduardo Sanchez, MD, deputy chief medical officer, American Heart Association, provides his take on what needs to be done to address the childhood obesity epidemic.
To learn more, go here.
Editor’s Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2012 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply by April 1, 2013, for the 2013 Èxito! program.
Melawhy Garcia was just 17 when her mother was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure and colon cancer—unfortunately giving her firsthand knowledge of the income, insurance and other barriers faced by Latino cancer patients.
Since then, Garcia has put cancer in her crosshairs.
Garcia already has helped conduct research and awareness on cervical cancers and other health conditions prevalent among Latinos.
She emphasizes research on cancer prevention, obesity and more in her current position as the assistant director of the California State University, Long Beach, National Council of La Raza/CSULB Center for Latino Community Health. She is responsible for the center’s various health disparities programs in the Latino community.
Garcia, who has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public health from California State University, Long Beach, was seeking additional training on cancer topics.
A mentor led her to Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training, which aims to increase research in Latino cancer disparities by encouraging master’s-level students and health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a cancer research career.
Once in the program, Garcia gained the necessary tools, guidance, and mentoring required to successfully apply for a doctoral program.