Obesity and poor diets not only lead to stroke and heart disease they also contribute to cancer.
"Cancer is increasing. Cancer is becoming a leading cause of death for Hispanics,” says Amelie Ramirez of the Institute for Health Promotion and Research.
She says South Texas Hispanics combat poor food choices and lack of recreation adding up to the problem of poor health.
She says children of today's Hispanic adults will live shorter and more diseased lives than their parents.
"For the first time, our kids will not outlive their parents and they will live with disease longer."
Ramirez says lifestyle changes and diet changes can fix the problem ... but admits getting people to change is easier said than done especially as health care, better food choices and available recreation are often in short supply in many South Texas neighborhoods.
The information is being presented in a new report: The South Texas Health Status Review.
"This can be used as a road map that communities and health institutions can use," says Ramirez.
She says cancer deaths among Hispanics are also up, those cancers linked to poor diet and weight problems