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Children’s Perspectives on Fighting Obesity in One of the Poorest Counties in the U.S.

Imagine streets lined with litter, speeding cars, unleashed dogs, and dark streets after sunset.  These are the neighborhoods of the Texas-Mexico Border Colonias where childhood obesity among Mexican-American children is rampant. It is no wonder these children seldom desire to participate in physical activities that other children in safer, cleaner environments enjoy each day. “Mexican-American children are disproportionately affected by obesity compared to other population groups,” says lead researcher Dr. Nelda Mier, formerly of the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health. In seeking answers, Dr.Mier and additional researchers went right to the heart of the matter – conducting focus groups with colonia children ages eight to 13.