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Babies Documentary, Scary Latino Obesity Rates

Submitted by on February 9, 2010 – 9:36 amNo Comment

Babies, a documentary.

Oh, dear goodness. I think my mami-making parts shot out sparkles when I saw this story on Babies, the documentary, in USA Today. Four  babies from four different parts of the world — U.S., Mongolia, Namibia and Japan — are followed from birth. They are absolutely beautiful and the trailer is stunning. The film by Focus Features will be released in April. It’s on my calendar.

End childhood obesity

Nearly one-third of Latino children are obese. Enter Salud America!, a research organization of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focused on reducing childhood obesity among Latino and Hispanic children. There is a great story on Latina Lista that includes an interview with one of the researchers and some perspective on Latino family habits and customs and you can find the organization’s recent newsletter here. Then, go watch this eye-opening public service ad by Salud Today — a different group. It is filled with eye-opening and shocking stats on diet, obesity and lifestyle. Ya sabes.

Latinos: Coming of Age in America

OK, OK, this Pew Hispanic Center report – Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America — came out in December. Obviously, your editor has fallen down on her El Buzz job, but it is worth mentioning even now.

The study looks at young Latinos in the United States, from the newly arrived to those of us with roots of origin, and the results are interesting and fascinating. It is no wonder we make the heads of marketers spin. Just take a look at what they found out about “self-identification.”

Among the U.S.-born children of immigrants, “American” is somewhat more commonly used as a primary term of self-identification. Even so, just 33% of these young second generation Latinos use American first, while 21% refer to themselves first by the terms Hispanic or Latino, and the plurality-41%-refer to themselves first by the country their parents left in order to settle and raise their children in this country. Only in the third and higher generations do a majority of Hispanic youths (50%) use “American” as their first term of self-description.

You can find the report, and many others, at the Pew Hispanic Center site. If you go read it and have an opinion, come on back and leave a comment. Or, just say how darned cute those babies in the video are.

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