Data have shown “disproportionally high obesity rates among American Indian children,” according to the Preventing Chronic Disease journal. Now, a new study by the University of Wisconsin suggests that this is not just true for children living on reservation but also for children living off-reservation..
Researchers used the Public Health Information Exchange data set to examine rates among Wisconsin American Indian children at an off-reservation clinic. They compared these data with those of white children at the same clinic, and found that the American Indian children’s weight related issues were twice as high with 20 percent being listed as obese compared to 10.6 percent of non-Hispanic white children.
Read the full report, Using Electronic Health Records to Examine Disease Risk in Small Populations: Obesity Among American Indian Children, Wisconsin 2007-2012, here.