Nationally, estimates for the rate of overweight among children aged 4 to 12 is 10 percentage
points higher for African-American and Latino children (22 percent) than for white children
(12 percent) (Strauss, et al., 2001). Between the early 1960s and the late 1980s, while the rates of
obesity tripled for black girls, they doubled for white girls (Kimm, et al., 2001).
As nationally, there are disparities in childhood overweight among certain ethnic groups in
California, African-American and Latino teens are at higher risk of overweight than white teens
(Ritchie, et al., 2001).