Health Concerns in the Hispanic Community: Obesity


Obesity is a major concern in the U.S. As the rates of obesity among U.S. adults and children continue to rise, so too does the risk of increased rates of heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, certain cancers, and a slew of other health problems. Obesity is of particular concern for the Hispanic community, given that research has revealed disproportionately higher rates of obesity among this demographic. At Riverside Community Hospital, our bariatric weight loss team helps individuals who are struggling with obesity.

Obesity Statistics

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) has published an alarming report regarding the rate of obesity among the Hispanic community. According to the OMH, 78 percent of Mexican American women are overweight or obese. This is significantly higher than the percentage of non-Hispanic White women who are overweight or obese, which is calculated at 60.3. Furthermore, the data demonstrate that Hispanic Americans are less likely to engage in physical activity.

Healthy Recipes

Dietary modifications are essential for losing weight and maintaining weight loss. Individuals who are struggling with dietary choices can find the guidance they need at a nearby hospital. Dieticians can provide advice on enjoying healthy Hispanic recipes that feature plenty of fresh vegetables and lean proteins. For example, empanadas can be made with lean ground turkey instead of ground beef. Other healthy meal ideas include sautéed polenta with spinach and beans, and tamales stuffed with black beans, squash, and goat cheese. Being aware of food choices between meals is also important. Instead of reaching for a sugary, salty, or fatty snack, dieticians might recommend eating a hard-boiled egg or a piece of fruit. Similarly, swapping out sodas and other sugary beverages in favor of water or tea can reduce daily caloric intake.

Riverside Community Hospital is dedicated to promoting the well-being of all of our neighbors throughout the Riverside area. At our community hospital, new and current patients can explore our preventive healthcare services or meet with a specialist at the Center for Surgical Weight Loss to determine if bariatric weight loss surgery could be appropriate for them. Call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3000 to inquire about our other service lines, including robotic surgery, organ transplant, and heart care.

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