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C. Dramatic Rise of Diabetes Among Latino Immigrant Population

Narrator: This is Science Today. In the last decade, there's been about a fifty percent increase in diabetes among the immigrant Latino population in California. According to a two-year study of Latina women led by Marc Schenker, a preventive medicine professor at the University of California, Davis, the evidence is clear that eating low quality foods, loaded with fat and sugar, are having a major impact on Latino health.

Schenker: Obesity is an increasing problem among Latino immigrants to California, even in some situations such as farm workers, where you would think obesity would not be a problem, and yet it's becoming one.

Narrator: This is in part due to a cultural change in traditional diets.

Schenker: When we looked at factors such as fast food intake, traditional food intake, fruit and vegetable intake, what we saw was that the profile was worse among women born in the U.S. or who had immigrated here, compared to those who were born in Mexico.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.