There is no doubt that Hispanics, as a minority group, are growing in numbers at increasingly fast rates. It is thus easy to understand why it is important to foster a positive environment for young, Hispanic women to flourish in. Currently, young hispanic females are at a higher risk for depression, substance abuse, teenage pregnancies, and high school dropouts (MMWR 2011). It has also been noted that about 30% of America's youth is overweight or obese (BMI >25), and that about 14% of America's youth have no physical activity of any kind. In fact, Hispanics have 21% higher obesity rates when compared to their non-Hispanic White counterparts.
Much speculation lies around the causes of higher obesity and related morbidity events in young hispanic females, in particular. Today, I would like to talk about how body image plays a role in these causes of morbidity and mortality.
It is difficult to narrow down which factors play a role in body image. One article by lead writer Debra L. Franko (Considering J.Lo and Ugly Betty: A qualitative examination of risk factors and prevention targets for body dissatisfaction, eating disorders, and obesity in young Latina women) spoke of four main themes which impact body image in young Hispanic females:
Basically, these are the four areas which the article stated: Culture, Family & Peers, Health education, and Male partners.
So what can you do to counteract these influences (when negative) in your life?
Here's a good website I found:
Hope this has been informative & useful