Child & Teen Obesity Rates (Infographic) #FoodFri #FoodPower

by Migdalia Rivera

After attending the MomsRising Food Power conference in New York conference, I was inspired to create my very first infographic!

While researching numbers, I was shocked to find out that Hispanics have the highest childhood and adolescent obesity rate. I’m sure this is caused by our connection with food.

Growing up my familia had an unhealthy relationship with food. We used it as a reward, as a reason to gather, and were raised to disregard our body’s fullness signal. We were told we had to clean our plate, no matter how much food was piled on it. To not do so, was an insult to the chef and this had to be avoided at all costs. Not surprisingly, this seems to play over and over in many households.

Hopefully, these numbers will compel us to do more. They were definitely a wake-up call to me.


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About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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1 Sili May 10, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I’m not surprised by these numbers but it’s still a “wow” moment. I’m there with you when it comes to the habits and the cultural norm of not insulting the chef. I still have people trying to “fatten” me up but at the same time, they talk about others who have a little weight on them. It’s like you can’t win.

This is a great cause and one that I look at more closely now that I have my girl. Thanks, Migdalia!

2 Migdalia Rivera May 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm

@Sili You are so right re: how our cultura tries to “fatten” others up. Yet, they thn turn around and complain when that same person adds a few pounds.

3 Eileen Carter-Campos May 13, 2013 at 8:09 am

Great post Mig!
Not shocking at all—it’s all in the culture but we have to turn it around and make our lives healthier—beginning with our diet.

Thanks so much!
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4 Migdalia Rivera May 13, 2013 at 9:05 am

Eileen It does begin with our food! So much of it is fried and/or has a high amount of sodium. It is extremely unhealthy and it gets passed down from generation to generation.

5 Alissa Apel May 13, 2013 at 9:20 am

Much of it I blame on the food industry its self. Too much sugar is in everything: From cereal to “nutrition bars”. To market Pop Tarts for breakfast should just be a sin. I love them to, but they contain so much crap in them. If all one eats is processed foods, I get why the obesity problem is so high.
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6 Migdalia Rivera May 13, 2013 at 9:58 am

Alissa Apel Yes, yes, yes! We’ve been discussing this in @MomsRising’ s #FoodFri chats. There is a ton of food marketed to children, in particular, that sets them up to fail. There must be some type of corporate responsibility in place to protect our most vulnerable, because Pop Tarts and sugary cereals are NOT the way to go. It sets them up to fail AND all that sugar makes it that much harder for them to pay attention in school.

7 Sabrina May 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

Great information, thanks for sharing!

8 Sabrina May 22, 2013 at 9:59 am

Great information, thanks for posting!

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