Latino children in Colorado are three times more likely to suffer from obesity than their white non-Hispanic peers, a new study shows.
Fourteen percent of the state's youngsters are obese and a third of children exercise less than 20 minutes per week, the Colorado Health Foundation says in its annual report card.
The report card looks at 38 health indicators across five stages of life: early childhood; childhood; adolescence; adulthood; and old age.
Almost a quarter of Colorado children do not go the dentist for regular checkups or preventive care, while 25 percent of teens in the state drink alcohol at least five times a week, according to the report.
Though Colorado prides itself on having one of the most physically fit populations in the United States, CHF said its 2011 study found little overall improvement in health indices from the first report card in 2006.
Economic woes and rising healthcare costs have diminished working families' access to quality medical services and prevention programs, CHF said.