Comer Bien: The Challenges of Nourishing Latino Children and Families

Research Report

Latino families, like millions of others across the United States, do their best to put nutritious food on their tables every day, but the healthiest foods are too often unaffordable or inaccessible.

Many Americans struggle to buy enough food for everyone in the family, and sometimes that means choosing cheaper food that is filling, but less nutritious. Access to healthy foods is often at the crux of child hunger and childhood obesity—both problems that plague the Latino community. About 38% of Latino children are considered to be overweight or obese, giving Latinos some of the highest child obesity rates in the nation. Latinos are also the most likely to live with food insecurity, and they make up nearly 40% of children who go hungry.


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