Adult overweight and obesity rates in Puerto Rico by ethnicity 2017

Overweight and obesity rates for adults in Puerto Rico in 2017, by ethnicity

by John Elflein, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Adult overweight and obesity rates in Puerto Rico by ethnicity 2017 In 2017, it was determined that among U.S. adults living in Puerto Rico, Hispanic adults had the highest overweight and obesity rate. U.S. Hispanic populations have higher rates of select obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and liver disease than U.S. non-Hispanic white populations. Among all U.S. ethnicities, Hispanics had one of the highest obesity rates in 2017.

The mean target body mass index among all people is said to be around 18.5 to 24.9 with anything over this number being considered overweight or obese. Among all OECD countries, Mexico, followed by the United States, had the highest rates of obesity and overweightness in 2015. Several diseases may occur as a result of being overweight or obese. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke are some of the common diseases that are caused by or worsened by weight gain and obesity.

Obesity-related Hispanic health

Diabetes is a prevalent health issue among the Hispanic community. Diabetes is among the top 5 leading causes of death among Hispanics in the U.S. Hispanics in the U.S. are more likely to die from diabetes than white U.S. residents. Despite having a high rate of overweight and obese adults, Puerto Rico has the lowest percentage among all U.S. states of adults that had ever been diagnosed with a stroke. Recent reports indicate that U.S. Hispanics also had a similar rate of cardiovascular disease to U.S. white adults.
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Overweight and obesity rates for adults in Puerto Rico in 2017, by ethnicity

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