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Sunday Apr 20

Race

A Growing Problem

Sunday, 20 April 2014 18:27

Black and Hispanic kids face greater challenges in the fight against obesity.

  

Minority children are at even greater risk of suffering from obesity than are their white counterparts, says research examining the factors contributing to the national health crisis. In two separate studies published in the journal Pediatrics, experts found that in addition to greater obesity rates in Hispanic and black children, health risks were also higher in these two populations in children as young as three years old. Government data indicates that one in five, or twenty percent, of black and Hispanic children aged 2 to 19 are obese, compared with fifteen percent of white children.

 

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At Home In Ourselves

Sunday, 20 April 2014 18:27

African American teens who embrace their ethnic identities enjoy better mental health.

  

Ethnic pride may play a key factor in bolstering teens’ mental health, even for those who suffer from low self-esteem, say researchers from Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, and Walden University. The study examined the relationship between racial identity, self-esteem and mental health in more than 250 African American young people living in urban, low-income areas.

 

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Invisible Players

Sunday, 20 April 2014 18:27

Video games exhibit little diversity, don’t reflect demographic makeup of gamers. 

Latino kids are more likely to play video games than their white peers, but you wouldn’t know it, as less than three percent of video game characters are recognizably Hispanic, and all of them are non-playable background filler, says research from the University of Southern California. In fact, while television has been widely criticized for presenting little diversity, research shows that even that media outlet has demonstrated more progress than video games.

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