Body Image Puts Latina Women at Risk

Chris Hoenig, DiversityInc, January 16, 2014

Latina women have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) because of both obesity and lupus, but how they view their bodies is only increasing the potentially deadly nature of the risks.

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center and the Center for Women’s Health found that Latinas underestimate their body weight at a significantly higher rate than non-Latina white women, increasing the dangers that heart disease—which Latina women are already at a greater risk of developing from obesity than non-Latina whites—will go undetected or undertreated.

More than 600 Latina and non-Latina whites were asked to identify themselves as overweight, normal or underweight and choose a silhouette that corresponded with what they believed was their body mass index (BMI), a measurement of  height-to-weight ratio. Only 69 percent of Latina women correctly assessed their body weight (compared with nearly 83 percent of non-Latina whites), and nearly half of them—including 17 percent of obese Latinas—underestimated their weight. Less than 13 percent of non-Latina whites—and none of the obese non-Latinas—underestimated their weight. The same patterns were seen in the silhouette test.

“Education about cardiovascular disease, weight perception and healthy weight are critical steps in addressing the relationship between obesity and the rise in CVD mortality attributed to it,” wrote Dr. Elsa-Grace V. Giardina, one of the study’s leaders. “Focused attention to Hispanic women, including those who are overweight and obese and those who speak primarily Spanish, provides an opportunity to broaden the scope to improve CVD knowledge and to transform current behaviors.”

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  • Puggg

    I checked out the original article. And much to my surprise, there was no attempt to sell “comprehensive immigration reform” as the solution, nor blame phony non-existent “deportations” or “xenophobia” as the reason.

  • ThomasER916

    My question is “so what”?

    • So CAL Snowman

      You and I get to pay for all of the medical expenses they will incur due to being overweight.

  • dd121

    “Obesity and Lupus”. What the hell does Lupus have to do with body image?

  • Spartacus

    They are not latins ! They are mongrels !

    • Alexandra1973

      I think it has to do more with religion than race. Mexico’s predominantly Catholic, so are several South American countries.

  • JohnEngelman

    I just returned from a meal at a nearby Mexican restaurant. My Hispanic waitress was slender by any standard, and pretty by most. I tipped more generously than usual.

    • Alfred the Great

      I boycott Mexican restaurants.

      • JohnEngelman

        I doubt they miss you.

        • Dr. Möbias

          Look, I’ve read your posts and you are very angry. Maybe your government (or ADL) check hasn’t arrived yet

          LOOK, you are expressing very understandable feelings of anger because your anti-White world view has finally been exposed for all to see.

          And this is my job…I have to do this to you…and for you, because you are truly anti-White….AND, I’ll bet my bottom dollar that you are WHITE also. You have been horribly psychologically violated by our anti-White enemy. The globalist pigdog establishment. But, I think you are far too gone for redemption.

          • JohnEngelman

            Look, I’ve read your posts and you are very angry.

            – Dr. Mobias

            Wow, that’s a lot of projection.

          • Max Krakah

            is that what they call truth in the engleworld?

        • Johnny Clay

          I see mostly whites working in Mexican restaurants.

          • Greg Thomas

            You are definitely not from California.

          • Max Krakah

            all the mexicans are working fast food air are janitors

        • Max Krakah

          I doubt they enjoy seeing you enter

      • Good Mexican food is too easy to make, so while I cook a lot of it at home, it isn’t our thing when we go out.

        • evilsandmich

          Bad Mexican food is even easier to make 😉

        • KittyAmerica

          The supposed best Mexican chef in the U.S. is Rick Bayless, so we certainly don’t need brown ones to be be able to cook their dishes.

      • dd121

        I don’t go because I hate cilantro. Ugh.

    • Whitetrashgang

      I just took a dump, bigger than most, and more pretty than the average Hispanic. Where is my tip?

      • Anglokraut

        Stay classy, Amren!

        • So CAL Snowman

          What did you expect when they switched to Disqus?

    • LACounty

      So they didn’t skin their animals alive like some of the asian restaurants do? How about live boiled cat? That Mexican restaurant sounds a little behind the times, John. I’ll refer you to a fine asian restaurant with “fresh” meals.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Well there you have it, Engelman’s fabricated personal anecdote PROVES that all hispanic women are thin and pretty.

      • Greg Thomas

        Yes, I have noticed that John’s experience with diversity generally seems to be the exception, rather than the norm. Interesting.

      • Brian

        But not as pretty as Jewish and Oriental women, which makes white women jealous, doncha know.

    • Eddie Lutz

      She must have had a lot of European in her. Most “Latinas” I’ve encountered are stumpy-limbed dwarves with giant greasy heads.

    • Max Krakah

      another post all about YOU! You sure you aren’t jewish?

    • That waitress was very likely picked for duty on the floor precisely because she looked reasonable. I’ve done restaurant work and thus understand that the ugly folks end up working in the kitchen, out of sight.

    • Of course you did.

  • Alfred the Great

    1) Latinas, Mexicans, etc., aren’t White. 2) I remember years ago when a Mexican man told me that Mexican [Amerindian] women might look good when they are young, but they always get fat. From what I have seen at Wal Mart, he is 100 percent accurate in his assessment.

    • Anglokraut

      My late step-father grew up in Nebraska in the 1950s and 1960s, and observed the Red Man and their Women. The girls were taught young to stay thin and pretty until they landed a (preferably White) man and sealed the deal with a kid–and then go Full Squaw. We’re talking a weight gain of sixty or more pounds in a year.

      • Brian

        Much of the weight gain goes to a strange area called the ‘gutch’…gut/crotch.

  • DaveMed

    It also puts those who use public transit at risk of psychological trauma.

    Buy. Larger. Sweatpants.

  • bigone4u

    In south Texas, most of the women I see are Mexicans, both legal and illegal. Virtually all of them that are out of their teens are somewhat fat and mis-shapen. Even the young teens show signs of running to fat. However, the locals dress beautifully, often heavily made up, sporting expensive jewelry. In parts of the Mexican culture, a white man is a good catch.

    Last week, I saw a white “cowboy” with hat, boots, wrangler jeans, etc. and his Mexican wife and two children. She had snared through her bright red lipstick and sexy clothing a white man who might be described as a catch. Marty Robbins sang in “El Paso” of the ability of Mexican women to entrance a man. Jay and the Americans sang, “In a little cafe just the other side of the border, she was giving me looks that made my mouth water.”

    However, in song and in reality, Mexican women have the reputation of having their heads easily turned by the next man to come along. In short, I think there’s statistics that show that they cheat on a man, even a good man. Thus, any white man getting involved with one of these women needs to be careful. As I recall, things did not turn out well for the “gringo” in Marty’s tune and in Jay’s tune. Learn from the music.

    • MBlanc46

      “El Paso” takes me back a few years. My uncle was taken by the Marty Robbins original, but being about 14, I preferred the Homer and Jethro parody.

  • IstvanIN

    They honestly think they look sexy with their bowling ball shaped figures, tons of make-up, color-streaked hair, and super-tight stretch clothes. I say let them drop dead of a heart attack, not our problem.

    • Anglokraut

      If we could only be so lucky that they would go fast–demands on Medicaid would suggest that they don’t go until they have had one or more of the following: 15 years of treatment for Type II Diabetes, an open-heart surgery of some kind, or five years of kidney dialysis (five years being the limit of what a human being can typically take. Dialysis is awful.)

      • IstvanIN

        Very true. I actually thought of that but I am so tired of being told about Latino health problems, African-American health problems, Asian-American health problems, assorted foreign children health problems, assorted foreign (non-white) women’s health problems, and who knows who else foreign health problems. Are we the only one’s who can do anything for ourselves?

        • Zaporizhian Sich

          I can care less about their health problems, the more of them that die prematurely the better. Especially if they die before they can whelp more anchor babies that will become threats to be killed later.

      • bilderbuster

        They live long enough to have about six anchor babies/future gang-bangers too.

        • Anglokraut

          When one has one’s first child before age 16, with no intention to return to school for anything more than the free child-care, one finds a lot of free time to make more “churns”.

        • Who Me?

          Six? Where have you been? I worked for several years with one of the local public elementary schools and six was the MINIMUM you could expect. The average seemed to be closer to nine, and 13-14 wasn’t at all uncommon.

          • bilderbuster

            I was going on how many I see Mama dragging around with her at the grocery store when I shop.
            I didn’t take into account that there may be older ones disrupting the remedial English class or decorating the barrio with graffiti.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    I see a huge percentage of black and Hispanic women who are to be charitable, Jabba the Hut look alikes. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know why I normally do not go to buffets, because I see them pig out literally.

    • IstvanIN

      I haven’t been to a buffet I many years but the couple of times I went I was astounded at the size of some of the patrons. Some of the blacks would have to sit before being seated, taking up several spots, but once they got a table and a plate, watch out. It was truly a spectacle.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        I’ve seen some eat like man-eating critters, out of the Sci-Fi movie, “Critters,” LOL.

    • evilsandmich

      “Ghettoppotamus” as Derb relates.

    • Dr. Möbias

      They start having babies at 14, have five or more by 21 and look like squat bowling balls by the age of 25, all fed and fattened by EBT cards at the expense of White America.

      • Greg Thomas

        That’s because they come from a culture that tells them they are a “woman” at 14.

  • I’ve noticed that women in general, regardless of race, are bloating up like greasy zeppelins when they hit their mid 30’s.

    It’s a sad comment on modern males when you never see one of these McBeasts without a partner.

    • IstvanIN

      Well, to be fair, there are quite a few fat guys out there as well.

  • evilsandmich

    They don’t realize how fat they are.

    More like:
    They don’t care how fat they are.

  • MBlanc46

    Why do I want to know this? Do Latinas concern themselves with my body image?

    • Dr. Möbias

      Why would anyone here care? (about the Latinas, not you)

    • Fathercoughlin

      LOL! I can see some article in Latina Cosmo: White men at risk for gall bladder troubles! By Lupe Mendoza. “Hey Graziela have you seen this? Whiet men have gallbladder trouble?” “Aye caramba! Let me read that!”

  • Dr. Möbias

    Latina women have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) because of both obesity and lupus

    I should care, why? Why is this article even being published here?

    Why is American Renaissance publishing articles about Hispanics on a pro-White site?

    I imagine Asians and Hispanics are so concerned about White health issues, right? Is American Renaissance trying to attract Latino and Asian readers and commenters to this site? Maybe there’s a push for American Renaissance to become more “diverse” and “multicultural?”

    Asians, Hispanics and every other no-White are only concerned that we die off ASAP so they can steal what we Whites have built.

    • I suspect the reason it was published here is because the races really are different.

    • Chris Granzow XI

      The reason is pretty much to show that race is real, to tell us those differences, and then to show the hypocrisy of it all. i.e. One minute they’re talking about obesity rates for a certain race, next minute they’re saying there are no races. It’s like doublethink.

      • Brian

        Unless…………

        Is fat a social construct too? Perhaps we can hire a philosopher to deconstruct it.

    • Reverend Bacon

      This article shows so much that you evidently missed:

      – yes, there is a difference in races.
      – Hispanic (mestiza) women, like blacks, have had their self-esteem pumped up by the MSM, including Hollywood. (you can research this: American blacks, followed by hispanics, have the highest self-esteem on the planet.) They don’t realize how fat they are, because no one wants to offend them.
      – there’s a downside to the ridiculous trend to replace incredibly beautiful women as role models with “natural” (i.e., fat, at least in America) women. Perhaps the self-esteem differentials have two causes: (1) the racial propaganda; and (2) whites are, on average, of higher intelligence so we know that, across the entire spectrum of normalcy, thinner is better. Regardless of what the PC pimps tell us.

  • RisingReich

    They are out mudsharking.

  • pcmustgo

    Latino men love T and A…

  • TXCriollo

    Im half cuban no female in my family says shes a latina, o wait they know what Latina means fat loud mouth with 8 kids. Who cares there overweight big deal, if they wernt eating like crap and took some responsibility in there daily lives. I see this where i work i have one mexican girl that one makes no sales and complains she overweight, but she eats crap food everyday. I went to lunch with her and she goes its un fair to mexican women that cuban women have better genes and do not gain weight like we do. I wanted to say ya being white and having to have self responsibility sure is a crappy thing.

    • Max Krakah

      Yes, Many Cubans are indeed “white”, of purely European ancestry, and they are culturally very different from other “hispanics”

      • TXCriollo

        So are many mexicans for that matter the only ppl that say latina are mestizos

  • TXCriollo

    Thks article is from diversityinc one of the biggest scams ever. I had the displeasure of for work being sent to a conference in nyc. The leader of diversityinc was there me being from texas didnt fly very well with him, why because texas had a growth of white people. I talked to him his name is luke visconti l kept calling him bill conti and quoting your the best around, and did he get mad from it

  • Truth Teller

    Who cares??? Latin women can think what they want about their size, bodies and appearance.

  • Truth Teller

    All women waiters and bartenders now you Engleman. A lonely, horny pathetic old man who hangs around restaurants trying to flirt. Why is this anti White POS allowed to comment on this site.
    I think that Jared Taylor has done what National Review did 30 years ago. REmember, Jared, “He who takes the King’s shilling does the King’s bidding”, in this case Foxman and Dees.

    • Max Krakah

      I really do not know. I think Jarred has a disdain for the “community” here. I also think he does not at all recognize the importance of morale. He has let his site be infiltrated by someone with an agenda which is specifically aimed at sabotage!

    • Who Me?

      Actually TT, Engleman is married. I believe his wife is a Chinese lady. Why he’s defending female squat monsters, I’m not sure. Most of the ones I’ve seen are arrogant, mean, rude, fat, and chitter endlessly at each other in Spanglish–neither English nor Spanish, but an Ebonics-like amalgam of the two.

  • Bossman

    Another lightweight and meaningless article. Who exactly is a Latina? A Spanish-speaking American Indian? A Mestiza? I’ve read articles that said that Mexican and black women are in less danger in being overweight than white women. So he is right?

    • Max Krakah

      You know it when you see it.

  • Alexandra1973

    You ever see Sonia from “Operation Repo”? I couldn’t be that size and wear that kind of a dress like she does. Ay caramba!

  • Joe blow

    They’re still better, in every way, than your zoo- variety afro-blimps.

  • Herman

    I see these women all the time on public transportation.
    5 feet tall and 5 feet wide.
    And of course with a bunch of kids.

    • saxonsun

      4 feet tall.

  • How is some vague concept like “body image” putting the Greaseritas at risk? I thought what puts them at risk is grotesque overeating of unhealthy greasy, salty food and HFCS-laden soft drinks.

  • Herman

    Fish don’t know they are wet.
    And Latino women don’t know they are overweight.
    It is all they know.

  • Max Krakah

    fat , ugly, loud and stoooo-pit, that is the “latina female> “Woman” is the wrong word to use for those vile creatures.

  • Who Me?

    They ALREADY HAVE free health care. Their doctor is the emergency room of the local hospitals, when they decide that little Pablo’s cold needs IMMEDIATE attention, so they pack up the whole family, including all 12 kids, Grandma and big sister’s 3 kids and go traipsing in at 11 pm. Never mind some old lady is having a stroke and another one is there because she fell and broke her hip, they have to wait till the triage nurse gets the family sorted out. Then out come all the snacks, the TV in the waiting room gets turned to Telemundo, and turned up full blast. Five or six of them run laps around the really ill patients screaming and dribbling crumbs of whatever the hell they are eating, and they all have a fine old time. They give fake addresses and never pay the bills if they do somehow manage to get them, and the hospital knows this up front, but nobody says so. They all play the game, and they can’t be turned away. You know you are paying for this circus, but you can’t complain, after all what are you, RAYCIST?

  • Randall Ward

    Mexican women are like that because their husbands like it that way. The unmarried ones are usually a lot thinner.

    • Alexandra1973

      I’ve actually noticed that with the Amish. The young girls tend to be really thin, the older women, a bit heavier. But not all that unattractive. The term “pleasingly plump” comes to mind.

      Just something I noticed.

      • In most places, people get heavier when they age. The exceptions are black Africa, where many people are starving, East Asia, where the diet is quite different from ours, and places like the US mountain west, where people are active outdoors. I’m 47 and weigh 155 pounds, so I can say that living in Colorado has probably added 10 years to my life expectancy. I’ve had the same 32-inch waistline for 30 years. I suspect my shoulders have become broader and my arms a little longer; some of my older shirts are a bit tight up top. Maybe I am turning into an orc.

  • Brian

    Latinas underestimate their body weight at a significantly higher rate than non-Latina white women
    ====
    Luckily there’s a great new technology from Los Estadas Unidos, called a SCALE.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    They wear beer goggles during mating rituals, if not tequila goggles.

  • newscomments70

    I can imagine their low self esteem from their weight complex will somehow be blamed in racist white males. It couldn’t have anything to do with the oversexed media glamorizing bulimic young women though.