Priority Populations

Moving to the Land of Milk and Cookies: Obesity Among the Children of Immigrants

The sons of immigrants to the United States suffer from alarmingly high levels of childhood obesity, according to this report by Foundation for Child Development Young Scholar Jennifer Van Hook.

Thirty-four percent of kindergarten-age immigrant boys are obese or overweight, compared with 25 percent of the sons of native-born Americans, according to an analysis of data collected by the U.S. Education Department. By eighth grade, that number rises to 49 percent, compared with 33 percent among natives. No similar discrepancy was found among girls.

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Read The Washington Post article