The obesity epidemic poses a growing burden across the U.S. In some places, one in two adults and one in three youth are obese or overweight. Low income Latinos lacking insurance coverage are especially hard hit by the cost and disabilities from obesity-related type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Latino communities are fighting back by improving opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

The second Web Forum in the series on Weight of the Latino Nation will highlight the latest research on the obesity epidemic and the factors impacting Latino communities. Following this overview, presenters will discuss various challenges to addressing the epidemic, and the program and policy actions being undertaken—or still needed—to tackle it.

To view the first Web Forum in the Weight of the Latino Nation series, click here.

The Weight of the Nation™ documentary is part of a public education initiative addressing the national obesity epidemic and proposing solutions that communities can put into practice. Copyright © 2012 KFHP, Inc. All rights reserved. The Weight of the Nation™ is a licensed trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Use of this trademark is not an endorsement by HHS or CDC of a particular company or organization. The Weight of the Nation™ is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NHI), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.


Amelie Ramirez, DrPH, MPH

Director, Institute for Health Promotion Research

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, an internationally recognized cancer and chronic disease health disparities researcher, is a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is also the founding director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research there, which researches health disparities…

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Andre Quintero, MUP, JD


City of El Monte

El Monte, CA

Andre Quintero was elected to serve his hometown as Mayor of El Monte on November 3, 2009 and re-elected in 2011. He previously served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Rio Hondo Community College District. As Mayor, Mr. Quintero currently works for the City Attorney of Los…

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Robert García, JD

Founding Director and Counsel

The City Project

Los Angeles, CA

Robert García is a civil rights attorney who engages, educates, and empowers communities to achieve equal access to public resources. He is Founding Director and Counsel of The City Project, a non-profit legal and policy advocacy organization based in Los Angeles. He has been honored as one of the 100…

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George Flores, MD, MPH

Program Manager, Prevention

The California Endowment

Oakland, CA

Dr. Flores is a Program Manager for The California Endowment’s Healthy California Prevention team. His work focuses on grant-making to improve health and equity through community-based prevention and a transformational health workforce. His strategies involve strengthening the public health system, linking primary care and community-based prevention, and fostering cross-sector collaboration to…

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