4

Arizona Has Some of the Fattest Hispanics in the Country, According to New Study

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Here's some new fuel we'll likely see added to the knuckle-dragging nativists' racist fire: Arizona is home to some of the fattest Hispanics in the country, according to a new study conducted by a non-profit health organization.

The study, released today by Trust for America's Health, finds that when it comes to heavy Hispanics, Arizona is the fifth-fattest state in the country.

According to the study, one in every three Hispanics in Arizona is considered obese, which is an alarming number considering that, as a whole, only one in four Arizonans is considered obese -- making Arizona the 29th fattest state in the country overall.

Experts at TFAH are crediting the disproportionate number of Hispanics who are obese with socioeconomic factors they believe often limit healthy diets.

"Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges the country has ever faced, and troubling disparities exist based on race, ethnicity, region, and income," says Jeffrey Levi, executive director of TFAH.

Only four states have higher Hispanic obesity rates than Arizona -- Tennessee took top-honors with 39.5 percent of its Hispanic population being obese, North Dakota came in second with 37.4 percent, and Missouri and Texas tied for third with 34 percent.

Arizona and Michigan are tied for fifth with 33.4 percent of their Latinos considered obese.

Check out the entire study here.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.