Many Hispanics don't realize they are overweight

Nov 29, 2010

Being overweight can increase the likelihood of developing heart disease

Heart disease is a very risky and potentially deadly condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 630,000 people died in 2006 from heart disease. Not only can the condition shorten one's life, it may increase one's health and life insurance premiums.

In some cases heart disease can be controlled and and even prevented. The CDC says being inactive and obese are two factors that increase the risk of a person developing the condition.

Research from the American Heart Association reveals that more than 70 percent of Hispanics are overweight or obese, yet less than 40 percent surveyed said they were.

Case Western University professor of medicine and AHA spokeswoman Dr. Ileana Pina says not everyone is good about discussing health.

"For many Hispanics health prevention is not a focus - it's not part of the culture," said Pina. "They are busy working and caring for their families. They may not have time to devote to exercise or to take care of their health, or they may not have been taught the importance of exercise and healthy eating."

It's important for people to discuss health matters with their doctors. Many potentially fatal conditions can be prevented with a proper diet and exercise.

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