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At Risk: Latino Children's Health
3/22/2012
Reviewed by Cristina Dominguez Ramirez
Rafael Perez-Escamilla and Hugo Melgar-Quinonez, editors. Houston, TX: Arte Publico Press, 2011. 296 pp. $25.95 (Hardcover). ISBN-13: 978-1558857087
Thursday, March 22, 2012
by: Reviewed by Cristina Dominguez Ramirez

Section: Adult Book Reviews





Reviewed by Cristina Dominguez Ramirez, Collection Librarian for Social & Behavioral Sciences/Assistant Professor, MPA, MSLS, MA, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

This book is a very well researched and presented scholarly work on Latino children’s health. The editors are professors of epidemiology, public health and human nutrition that bring a wealth of knowledge, training and experience in public health education and publishing. The authors are concerned that the future health of the United States is tied to children’s health, and in particular, Latino children.

As the fastest growing minority group, Latino children are impacted disproportionately with food insecurity, obesity, diabetes, substance abuse and insufficient physical activity. A comprehensive introduction presents Latino children’s socioeconomic status, demographics, and average health profile. The chapters are dedicated to such important topics as health and the environment, breast-feeding, obesity, school nutrition, physical activity, food insecurity, substance use and diabetes. Each chapter includes a bibliography for further reading.

This title would be a very valuable resource for researchers and the general public. Highly recommended for all libraries

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