Amelie Ramirez


(Jeffrey MacMillan/for The Washington Post)
September 27, 2013

Nearly one in three American children are overweight or obese. But after decades of rising rates, we may be turning a corner on the health crisis. Experts across fields gathered at Washington Post Live’s 2013 Childhood Obesity Summit to discuss strategies resulting in healthier children.

Amelie Ramirez, Director, Salud America!

A lot of people don’t understand how much the Latino population is growing. Our children represent 22 percent of the U.S. children’s population. By 2050, it’s expected that they will represent 36 percent.

Right now, 39 percent of Latino kids are overweight or obese.

We’re finding a tremendous advertising effort targeting this population. They’re certainly marketing unhealthy foods to them. We need to counter that.

Through Salud America! we’re identifying positive health stories throughout the United States.

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