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

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.

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