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Report shows obesity disparities disproportionately affect African-Americans, Hispanics

A new analysis of weight statistics nationwide shows how the rate of obesity disproportionately affects African-Americans and Hispanics, with much of the disparity hinging on economics and access to healthy food and safe environments.

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report, released Thursday by the Trust […]

Understanding The State of Obesity in America

The Problem:

The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America breaks down the numbers across the country, based on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Latinos and African-Americans are disproportionately affected.

42 percent of Latino and 47.8 percent of African-American adults are obese compared with 32.6 […]

Blacks, women face greater burden from CVD risk factors

The impact of major cardiovascular risk factors combined is greater in women than men and in blacks than whites. While the gender gap may be narrowing, differences by race may be increasing, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

“We’ve been targeting traditional risk factors in […]

World walker: Arizona walker has nearly covered the equivalent of a trip around the world

Stanley Bronstein clearly remembers the day when he couldn’t take it anymore. He had battled obesity his entire life, and on that winter day five years ago, at 320 pounds, he felt like he had hit the bottom.

“I had trouble bending over to tie my shoes. I was just […]

Severe obesity, heart risks common in young Hispanic adults

Obesity is common among Hispanics in the U.S. and is particularly severe in young adults, according to a new study of body mass index and cardiovascular disease risk factors in adult Hispanic/Latino populations.

BMI is a ratio of weight to height. A BMI of 30-39.9 indicates obesity, and 40 or more […]

PAD risk increases with lower economic status

Low income and lower education levels are associated with an increased risk for peripheral artery disease in U.S. adults, according to a new study in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

PAD is a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the stomach, arms, head and most commonly in the arteries of […]

South Carolina: Stroke hospitalizations up for some blacks

Stroke hospitalizations among middle-aged blacks is increasing in South Carolina — highlighting the need for intervention among younger, high-risk groups, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Stroke, the No. 4 killer and a primary cause of long-term disability in the United States, affects more […]

More than 10 percent of heart attack patients could have diabetes

At least 10 percent of people who have a heart attack may have undiagnosed diabetes, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

To understand more about undiagnosed diabetes, researchers studied data on 2,854 heart attack patients without diagnosed diabetes at 24 […]

Prevent another stroke by keeping blood pressure, lifestyle in check

Stroke survivors should control their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight and do moderate physical activity regularly to avoid having another stroke, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

In addition, survivors should receive proven therapies like aspirin or procedures to keep neck arteries open, depending […]

Notah Begay III, advocate for Native American children’s health, has heart attack

Notah Begay III, four-time PGA Tour Winner, golf analyst and founder of the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation suffered a heart attack last week in Dallas.

He received a stent to unblock his right coronary artery and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement made by […]