Health disparities narrowing for minority children

Over the past two decades, black and Hispanic children have made significant gains in their health status which have narrowed the disparities between themselves and white children, according to a new child development report. The report, which also looks at safety and income, notes that minority children still do worse than whites on some key measures (for example, obesity rates among black and Hispanic children remain higher than for whites), but that they are  less likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, abuse drugs or commit suicide. All told, the gap between black and white children closed by one-fourth, and between Hispanics and whites by one-third, concludes the report, sponsored by the Foundation for Child Development. 

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