Latino Health Facts – Not Good.

Health is the most important aspects of any community. Our survival as a community is not just based on the economics of our community, but also on the health of our community.

While we can be downright dirt poor (as many of us might have been growing up) somehow we were healthy. Having Cheerios every morning, or white rice with a fried egg for dinner was a stable for me growing up and I don’t seem to be lacking from health today because of it.

I also understand that there were no indoor video games back then (not that we would be able to afford them if there were), so I was always outside playing, being imaginative keeping myself busy until it was time to go home. No fast foods, no processed foods, no sugar/caffeine energy drinks, just basic no-frills food at home. I remember being chubby, or overweight back then meant that your family had money while being chubby, or overweight today means that you are poor and eating the worst foods possible.

That’s why I thought I share the following article with you. Our health is not good and we need to begin to pay attention to this. The sooner the better.

CDC Report Detailing Racial Health Disparity Has Grim News for Latinos

By Carolyn Salazar

Fox News Latino (January 14, 2011)

Among the findings of the CDC report is that air pollution, often in urban counties, can impact the health of people who live or work near these sources.

The first Center for Disease Control report detailing racial disparities had grim news about Hispanics.

The report, which was released Thursday, examined health disparities by sex, race, income and education. It showed striking disparities among groups, and Hispanics tended to fall into some of the worst categories. Among the bleak findings for Hispanics:

While teenage pregnancy rates fell among all ethnic groups, Hispanic girls (77.4 per 1,000 females) were three times more likely than whites (26.7) to end up pregnant, and more than twice as common as blacks (62.9).

— Mexican-Americans have the least success in controlling high blood pressure – even though it is blacks and whites that have the highest high blood pressure rate.

— Hispanics account for one-third of the population that is uninsured – and they tend to live in some of the most polluted and contaminated areas.

Asthma rates were higher among Puerto Ricans (18.4 percent) than any other ethnic groups (non-Hispanics blacks had a 14.6 percent rate and among non-Hispanic whites it was 8.2 percent.)

CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, who commissioned the report, said in the foreword that the differences in groups can be reduced but will require public awareness and understanding of the most vulnerable groups.

“These problems must be addressed with intervention strategies related to both health and social programs, and more broadly, access to economic, educational, employment, and housing opportunities,” he said in the report.

Among other findings in the report:

— Local sources of air pollution, often in urban counties, can impact the health of people who live or work near these sources.

— Large disparities in infant mortality rates persist. Infants born to black women are 1.5 to 3 times more likely to die than infants born to women of other races/ethnicities.

— Men of all race/ethnicities are two to three times more likely to die in motor vehicle crashes than are women, and death rates are twice as high among American Indians/Alaska Natives.

— Men of all ages and race/ethnicities are approximately four times more likely to die by suicide than females. Though American Indians/Alaska Natives, who have a particularly high rate of suicide in adolescence and early adulthood, account for only about 1 percent of the total suicides, they share the highest rates with Non-Hispanic whites, who account for nearly 5 of 6 suicides.

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