In California’s Poorest Towns, Tap Water’s Legacy Is Toxic for Latinos

January 14, 2015 | General RCAP News

From Laura Bliss of City Lab:

Image AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian
In this 2009 photo, Jesus Lealstripe, left gets a drink of water from a dispenser at Lovell High School in the Central Valley's Cutler, California. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

Latino Americans suffer from disproportionately high rates of obesity—especially children, who are 51 percent more likely to be obese than their white counterparts. Unhealthy advertising from food companies, a lack of access to safe and adequate recreational areas, and poor snack and beverage options at schools have all been cited as major contributors to this early-life epidemic.

But there may be another, overlooked factor in the mix: A recent policy brief from U.C. Davis' Center for Poverty Research shows how negative beliefs about the safety and quality of tap water, especially among Latinos, is linked to higher consumption of sugary beverages—key culprits in obesity.

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