Obesity Epidemic Hitting Hispanics Hard, Study Finds

Obesity Epidemic Hitting Hispanics Hard, Study Finds

Obesity is a growing problem among Hispanic Americans, especially among young adults, a new study shows.

After analyzing data from more than 16,300 Hispanics in Chicago, Miami, New York City and San Diego, the researchers found that 18 percent of women and 12 percent of men had a body mass index (BMI) over 35.

BMI is a measurement based on height and weight. People with a BMI over 30 are considered obese. A BMI over 35 is associated with increased health risks.

Even more troubling, severe obesity (BMI over 40) was most common among young adults aged 25 to 34, affecting nearly one in 10 women and one in 20 men in this age group, according to the study in the July 9 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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