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The new director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, Dr. Colleen Bridger, is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and innovations expert with over 20 years of experience in community development and improvement.

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More than one-third of Bexar County adults are obese, according to recent data, and obesity is a known risk factor for diabetes.

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A report released on Dec. 5, 2016, in San Antonio shows Latino children drink more sugary drinks earlier in life than their counterparts, putting them at greater risk of obesity.

High-calorie sodas, sports drinks, juices, and flavored milks are all beverages infants and toddlers don’t need. Yet Rosalie Aguilar of Salud America!, a national obesity prevention network targeting Latinos, says Hispanic parents tend to give their children these drinks at a young age.

SA Obesity Genome Project Tackles A Weighty Problem

Aug 30, 2016
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Texas has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation. One in three Texas adults is considered obese. Now, San Antonio researchers are using South Texas volunteers to collect an obesity genome registry. This data bank will help tackle a weighty issue.

Stepping on the scale can be a frustrating routine for millions of people carrying around extra pounds. People like Judy Winkler of Hondo. At 5’2”, she weighed 185 pounds at her heaviest.

As researchers have searched for ways to explain the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S., many have posited that a child's race or ethnicity alone can put them at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese.

Kim Eagle, a professor of internal medicine and health management and policy at the University of Michigan, was skeptical of this thinking. His hunch was that poverty was a much more important part of the equation.

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