South Texas is facing a major health threat, obesity and diabetes, as a research pointed out that the studied health disparities in the region, made up of 38 counties, which includes the border area of the United States and Mexico in the south Texas. It also comprehends the state’s coastal area off the Gulf of Mexico, and the city of San Antonio, the newspaper reported Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
The document, entitled Review of Health Status in South Texas, found that the area has higher rates of obesity and diabetes than the rest of the state and the country.
This means that almost one third of the inhabitants of southern Texas is considered obese. It added that about one in every nine people have diabetes.
This research revealed that Hispanics in South Texas have more health problems than other parts. Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez said that part of the situation is due to hereditary reasons, adding that a bigger problem may be the lack of preventive care.