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Lack Of Play Spaces For Latino Kids Increases Obesity Risk

Obesity rates in Latino youth are higher compared to their non-Latino white counterparts and it may not only depend on food options. Salud America!, an organization that advocates for childhood obesity prevention, has found a correlation between obesity rates and availability of recreational areas in communities.

According to findings released on Tuesday, children from communities with fewer public, recreational facilities tend to be overweight. About 81 percent of primarily Latino neighborhoods do not have access to a designated space for exercise and physical activity, whereas only 38 percent of primarily non-Latino white neighborhoods have the same problem.

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