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U.S. worried by health disparities among Hispanics

Last Updated: 2004-10-14 16:26:22 -0400 (Reuters Health)

By Paul Simao

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Hispanics in the United States are more likely to be overweight or obese, develop diabetes and die from strokes, AIDS and liver disease than whites, federal officials said on Thursday.

Those problems, when combined with an expected jump in the U.S. Hispanic population, pose a challenge to the well-being of the nation in the form of lost productivity, higher health-care costs and social inequality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned.

There are more than 35 million Hispanics living in the United States, making them the largest minority group. Their numbers are expected to swell to more than 100 million and account for nearly 24.5 percent of the population by 2050.

Article from Reuters

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