Posted on 04/26/2013

Latinos are Texas’ fastest-growing population group. And they are grappling with soaring obesity rates. According to the Department of State Health Services, almost 40 percent of Hispanics are obese. To combat the health crisis, cities as well as state lawmakers are aiming to get Latinos exercising and eating healthier.

The Texas State Demographer’s office expects that by 2030, nearly six million Latinos will be obese. That number could soar to almost nine and a half million by 2040. All that adds up to a looming health crisis, with potentially high costs for the state.

Across the state local communities are trying to raise awareness. Here in Austin, the local Univision station has teamed up with Austin Parks and Rec to offer a fitness challenge through October.  They kicked things off with a public Zumba event last Saturday at the Mexican American Cultural Center.  Full article