At Risk: Latino Children's Health
Rafael Perez-Escamilla and Hugo Melgar-Quinonez
Arte Publico Pr; Rafael Pérez-Escamilla edition (September 30, 2011)
According to the United Nations, the United States spends more per capita on health care than any other nation in the world, yet ranks 42nd in life expectancy. Obesity contributes to this unfortunate situation. Experts agree that if the current obesity trends are not overturned, today's children will be the first to have a life expectancy shorter than their parents.
In their introduction, editors Rafael Pérez-Escamilla and Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez note that the future of the country's well-being is closely tied to that of its Latino children. Overall, Latinos in the U.S. confront higher levels of poverty and have lower levels of education and English-language proficiency. Because of financial instability, they have less access to healthy foods and health care services.
Written by the country's leading experts in Latino children's health, the ten articles included in this landmark volume examine the key issues that affect the well-being of the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. In each chapter, the major challenges and problems are outlined, and policy and programmatic changes are suggested.