Commentary: Are Your Latina Curves Killing You?

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According to CNN.com, researchers found that about 25% of overweight Hispanic women thought that their weight was actually “normal” while only 15% of non-Latino white women thought the same. What does this mean for us? Well, we love our curves—and may not even realize that we’re putting ourselves through all of the dangerous side effects of being overweight.

One in four of us is actually overweight and not taking any precautions. In fact, I would bet that many more of us don’t even know the risks we’re putting ourselves through by embracing our full-figures and curves. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I didn’t realize just how far things got until I went to the doctor, at 18 years old, and he told me that I was actually obese.

The statistics are scary when it comes to Latinas. The U.S. Office on Women’s Health reports that about 3 in 4 Mexican-American women are overweight or obese, which increases your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, breathing problems, arthritis, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and even some cancers.

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Irina Gonzalez, Director of Audience Development

Irina Gonzalez is the Digital Audience Development Manager for Latina.com and The Latin Kitchen, where she oversees social media, content partnerships, writes and edits, and more. An NYC-based journalist, web editor, and food writer, she started her career with an internship at Latina magazine while receiving her bachelor’s at New York University. Her work has appeared in Time Out New York, MamasLatinas.com, FamilyCircle.com, TheFrisky.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, and more. When she’s not checking out the latest taco restaurant in New York City, scouring for the best tapas in Barcelona, or dreaming of visiting Alex Atala’s restaurant in Brazil, she’s blogging about her favorite recipes, healthy eating tips and maintaining her 100 pound weight loss on HealthyLatinFood.com. You can always find her on Twitter (@msirinagonzalez) & Instagram (@msirinagonzalez) talking about her latest delicious meal.

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