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It seems like a no-brainer that where there are racial disparities in health/weight among adults, there will also be differences among children. Science Daily reports:

Obesity is twice as common in young American Indian/Native Alaskan children as it is in white and Asian children, according to new research offering the first nationally representative analysis of obesity prevalence among preschool-aged kids in five major racial/ethnic groups.

The analysis also shows that obesity prevalence is higher in Hispanic and black children than it is in whites and Asians.

The research offers evidence that obesity prevalence differs among racial and ethnic groups in the United States in children as young as age 4. This is the first study to include national estimates of obesity prevalence among preschool children who are American Indian/Native Alaskan and Asian.

Overall, an estimated 18.4 percent of 4-year-olds in the United States are considered obese based on measures of their weight relative to their height, according to the study. Read more…

Everyone here is always on the look for diverse media and experiences for children. Thanks to a Google alert, I stumbled upon the blog, American Indians in Children’s Literature, which provides information about American Indians-children’s book reviews, educational curriculum, announcements about traveling exhibitions and more. Learn more…

Naomi Campbell is lashing out again, but this time I think she is on to something about race and beauty:

“You know, the American president may be black, but as a black woman, I am still an exception in this business. I always have to work harder to be treated equally,” she said in a Glamour interview appearing on Monday (local time) in Germany. Read more…

In an interview on NPR’s “Tell Me More,” author Minal Hajratwala explores the many paths of the Indian Diaspora, saying:

I think we do have this idea in the United States that everyone comes here for the American dream. And in fact, my parents didn’t come here for that reason. Read more… 

 

 

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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