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Thursday Aug 21

Race

A Growing Problem

Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:57

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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Love is Color Blind

Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:57

American attitudes indicate increasing acceptance of interracial dating, especially among Millennials.  

Most Americans are open-minded about interracial dating, with younger generations increasingly more tolerant than their predecessors, says a Pew Research report. People of any generation also grow more accepting of interracial relationships as they age, the survey indicated. Overall, says the report, since 1987, the percentage of Americans approving of interracial dating has increased dramatically, from nearly half (48 percent) to a vast majority (83 percent).  

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The American Scream

Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:57

Latinos are suffering a higher rate of stress than their black and white counterparts.

  

Latinos report a higher rate of stress than the national average, and it has been increasing, says a survey by The American Psychological Association (APA). Survey results indicate that money worries are the number one cause of their worries, and that 2009 brought half of Latinos stress (50 percent) compared to 2008, when 44 percent reported feeling stress. Even at the lower 2008 statistic, Latino stress levels still surpassed the national average, which is 42 percent, according to the APA.

 

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At Home in Ourselves

Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:57

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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Always the Black Bridesmaid

Thursday, 21 August 2014 16:57

Highly educated black women are less likely to marry and have children.

High-achieving black women face unique obstacles to marriage and family, say researchers from Yale University who found that this group is less likely to marry than white women. While highly educated white women also experience challenges in terms of their love lives, black women contend with an additional impediment: the lack of an appropriate “marriage market,” researchers say.

 

 

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