The ability to live a healthy life is significantly impacted by the availability and cost of fresh and nutritious food, and access to resources that promote physical activity. For many Hispanics in the U.S., a healthy lifestyle is challenged by underlying social, economic, and environmental factors such as language barriers, unemployment, and access to resources.1 For example, Hispanics have a higher poverty rate than the rest of the nation. They are also more likely to experience food insecurity than any other group in the U.S.2
Many low-income Hispanics live in communities where there is limited access to full-service supermarkets or grocery stores that sell fresh and nutritious foods.3 In fact, past studies show that Hispanics had one-third the access to chain supermarkets as non-Hispanics.4 These conditions can ultimately result in the overconsumption of unhealthy foods and the underconsumption of healthy foods.
From 2015-2017, the prevalence of obesity among Hispanics was 30% or higher in over half of U.S. States.1 Obesity among Hispanic/Latino children ages 2–5 years old is 4 times higher than their non-Hispanic White counterparts.5 And among Hispanic American women, 78.8% are overweight or obese.6