QUICK FACTS THAT MATTER

COMMUNITIES OF COLOR 

From poor dietary education and choices to wealth inequality and racism, people of color in the United States hold the top spots in death and disability from our top chronic diseases.  Here are a few statistics that may prove helpful in better understanding the significant impact that these factors have on people of color 

African-Americans

  • Cancer is most common among African-americans

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  • African-Americans have shortest cancer survivor rate among all groups

  • Nearly 1/2 of all African-americans have some form of heart disease.

  • African-americans suffer more strokes than any other group

  • 40% of all African-americans are hypertensive

  • 63% of African american women are obese

Latinos

  • Cancer is the leading cause of death for hispanics and Afro-Carribeans IN THE U.S.

  • hispanics are 50% more likely to die from diabetes or liver disease than whites. 

  • 48% of hispanic women are obese

  • 22% of hispanic men a and 25% of hispanic women are hypertensive

  • obesity rates among hispanics are 40%

  • 33% of hispanics under 65 lack health insurance and lack access to high-quality, affordable health care. 

According to the National Academy of Sciences, eating a Whole-Food, Plant-Based (WFPB) (or healthy vegan diet) can reduce the risk factors for our top chronic diseases by up to 90%. Eating this way can also help reduce U.S. healthcare costs, greenhouse gas emissions and preservation of our limited freshwater supply.