Obesity Risks Among Latino Immigrants in Rural Iowa

Obesity Risks Among Latino Immigrants in Rural Iowa

Michaela Byrne, University of Iowa
Kimberly A. Greder, Iowa State University

Description

Latinos are Iowa’s largest and fastest growing minority group, and comprise 5.5 percent of the state’s total population.1 Between 2000 and 2013, Iowa’s Latino population experienced a 104.7 percent increase.1 Over the last 12 years, Latino enrollment in Iowa’s K-12 schools more than doubled.1 While rates of obesity have increased among all population groups, obesity is highest among Latinos and other racial and ethnic minority groups. 2,3