- Between 1974 and 1997, the prevalence of overweight increased 300% among Brazilian children and adolescents. A systematic review was conducted between January 2010 and December 2011 of obesity-related interventions targeting Brazilian children and adolescents.
- Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing ethnically diverse group in the U.S.; they are also the most overweight. Mexico is now second to the U.S. in experiencing the worst epidemic of obesity in the world. Objectives of this study were to (1) conduct a systematic review of obesity-related interventions targeting Latinos living in the U.S. and Latin America and (2) develop evidence-based recommendations to inform culturally relevant strategies targeting obesity.
- Diseases know no borders, a truism that largely has been applied to infectious diseases. The re-emergence of tuberculosis, the spread of dengue and malaria, and recent outbreaks of swine and avian influenza remind officials in neighboring countries, as well as throughout shared hemispheres and the world at large, that public health efforts must be concentrated and coordinated. The obesity epidemic, like the cigarette smoking epidemic before it, is a chronic disease–related condition that also knows no boundaries.