Facts and Stats

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 About Our Older Adult

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  •  By 2020, Demographers expect that the number of Hispanic population 65 or older  will reach  14.1 %, a far higher increase than predicted for older African Americans, or non-Hispanic whites
  • In 2012, slightly over 30% of older adults aged 6o and over were obese
  • Nearly 50% of Hispanic women, aged 65 to 74 are classified as obese
  • According to a poll conducted by Healthways, the obesity rate among people  aged 65 and older has increased by 4%  points to 27.4%
  • Two chief barriers to SNAP enrollment among low-income older people age 50-49  who chose not to apply or enroll in SNAP because: 1.They lack knowledge of the program or its benefits  2. They encounter challenges or obstacles that prevent them from enrolling.   This is especially true for Hispanics


  • Nearly 8% of elderly Hispanics do not have  health insurance severely restricting their access to health care
  • Nearly 20% of Hispanic older adults live in poverty
  • Approximately one-fifth of Hispanic  age 65 years or older reported that they were not receiving the social and emotional support they need

Latino Risk

  • 27.8 % of older Hispanics are diagnosed with diabetes
  • Hispanics are about 50% more likely to die from diabetes or liver disease than non-Hispanic whites
  • The Hispanic death rate is 24% lower than non-Hispanic whites, but their lives are not healthier
  • According to NHCOA, Hispanic Older Adults are far less likely than the general population to access preventative care – including screeningsScreen Shot 2015-05-15 at 8.51.38 PM.
  • Older Hispanic adults, and those with lower incomes and less education are more likely to have periodontal disease
  • Slightly over 11% of Hispanic adults age 50 or older reported more current depression than white, non-Hispanic, black, non-Hispanic adults, or other, non-Hispanic adults (compared to 6.8%, 9.0%, and 11%, respectively)

  • Hispanics had a higher prevalence of Frequent Mental Distress (13.2%) compared to white, non-Hispanics (8.3%) or black, non-Hispanics (11.1%)

  • In a study published by NIH, concluded that older adult Latinos in the selected population frequently fall and are worried about falling. Risk factors are prevalent


About Our Children

  • About 30 percent of all kids age 6 to 19 are overweight, a rate that has doubled in the last decade, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 30 percent of children ages 6 to 11 are overweight; more than 15 percent of this age group is classified as obese. This number has tripled in the last 20 years
  • Among minority populations in this country, the numbers are even more alarming. Childhood obesity is more prevalent among Hispanic children than in other ethnic groups, and the U.S. problem has been steadily increasing over the past decade. Statistics from the CDC show that more than 33 percent of Hispanic/Latino boys are overweight, as are 35.7 percent of African-American boys and 51.2 percent of Mexican-American boys. Similarly, 30.1 percent of Hispanic/Latino girls, 46.4 percent of African-American girls and 36.7 percent of Mexican-American girls are overweight
  • Causes of overweight in children and adolescents may include a lack of physical activity, unhealthy eating habits or a combination of the two. Genetics also play an important role in determining a child’s weight
  • Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults
  • This increases to 80 percent if one or more parent is overweight or obese. Children who are overweight are teased and discriminated against by peers. This often leads to low self-esteem and depression
  • Childhood obesity is also associated with increased risk of asthma, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, and social stigmatization

Long-Term Risk

  • Overweight and obesity are associated with heart disease, certain types of cancer, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, breathing problems, and psychological disorders such as depression, and increased risk of death.
  • Gaining 11 to 18 pounds doubles a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who have not gained weight
  • Losing just 10 percent of body weight can result in significant improvements in health
  • The economic cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 and the consequences of childhood obesity have been estimated to exceed $14.1 billion. Each year, 112,000 deaths in the United States are associated with obesity

Latino Risk

  • Latino children and adolescents are at greater risk of overweight and obesity than their white or African-American peers. Limited availability of healthy foods and safe recreational facilities contribute to higher rates of overweight and obesity among Latino children and families
  • Hispanic children are more likely to develop diabetes than other children. Among children born in 2000, white boys have a 26.7 percent risk of being diagnosed with diabetes during their lifetimes, while Hispanic boys have a 45.4 percent lifetime risk. White girls born in 2000 have a 1 in 3 risk of being diagnosed with diabetes during their lifetime, while Hispanic girls have a lifetime risk of 1 in 2
  • Latino adolescents born in the United States are more likely to carry excess weight than Latino adolescents born elsewhere