CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) -- A new study says the biggest health threats in South Texas are obesity and diabetes.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports the study examined health disparities in the 38-county region encompassing the U.S.-Mexico border area in South Texas, the Coastal Bend area and San Antonio.
The South Texas Health Status Review found the area has higher rates of obesity and diabetes than the rest of the state and nation, with nearly one-third of South Texans classified as obese. About one in nine has been diagnosed with diabetes.
The study's authors say while South Texas' health problems can be linked to lifestyle choices, part of the problem is heredity and a lack of preventive care.
The study was published by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.