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Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.1, 2 (Journal of the American Medical Association 2014;311(8):806-814./ National Center for Health Statistics)

The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.1, 2

In 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.1

Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.7 (Journal of Pediatrics 2007;150(1):12–17.)

Obese adolescents are more likely to have prediabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels indicate a high risk for development of diabetes.8,9   (NHANES 2005–2006. Diabetes Care 2009;32:342–347.)

Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.5,6,10

  • About 3.2 million U.S. Latinos have diabetes.
  • Latino kids have about a 50% lifetime risk of developing diabetes

The survey, from the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, shows that while there is general awareness of the disease, Latinos with diabetes are more likely than non-Latinos to worry that, besides themselves, someone in their family would develop diabetes.

  • Less than 75% of Latinos with diabetes could name the disease’s cause, and 38% without diabetes could not name a disease symptom.
“Though awareness that diabetes is an issue for Hispanics appears to be at good levels within the community, experts indicate too much information about diabetes is still missing,” according to aVoxxiNews report about the survey. “Patients aren’t satisfactorily able to identify diabetes symptoms and risks, and individuals aren’t aware of simple dietary and physical activity-based precautions they can take to stay healthy.”
Research has shown that dropping out of high school is associated with a range of adverse employment and life outcomes (1). Young people who do not complete high school are more likely to be unemployed, live in poverty, be dependent on welfare benefits, have poor physical and mental health, and engage in criminal activity than those with higher education levels (1). 

1) Immigrants are more likely than locals to become entrepreneurs. Source: Entrepreneurship Remains Strong in 2008 with Increasing Business Startups.

2) More than two-thirds of small businesses are started in the owners home so have a place in the basement for your office, or the kitchen table can also work in a crunch. Source: What's Behind Small-Biz Rates? 

 3) 40 is the average and median age of small business owners when they started their small business. Source: OnStartups

4) But, entrepreneurs are getting older, over the past decade , people aged 55-64 were the most likely to open a new business, showing that it never is too late to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. Source: Old and in the Fray: The Coming Entrepreneurship Boom.

5) If you are looking to make income, entrepreneurship may not be for you. Over the business' lifespan, only 39% of new businesses are profitable, 30% break even, and 30% lose money, with 1% falling in the "unable to determine" category . Source: What's Behind Small-Biz Rates?

6) Entrepreneurs are an educated group, over 95% hold bachelor’s degrees, while 47% hold more advanced degrees. Source: OnStartups.

  • According to the US Census Currently, whites comprise about 63% of the population. 
  • By 2060, that percentage will reduce to 44%, while other minority groups continue to rise in number.
  • Latinos are expected to rise from 17.4% now to 28.6% in 2060.
  • Blacks will rise from 13.2% to 14.3% and Asians 5.4% to 9.3% in the same span.
  • Children are expected to reach “majority-minority” status even sooner in 2020.
Though many individuals who do not receive a high school diploma go on to earn an equivalency degree, such as a GED, this credential also is associated with lower earning potential than a traditional diploma (2). The economic consequences of dropping out of high school do not stop with the individual; society also faces costs in terms of greater spending on public assistance and lower tax revenues (2).

7) We all know that restaurants are prone to high failure rates but what you might not know is that franchising a restaurant does not reduce your risk as much as you would expect, 59% of new restaurants closed those three years while 57% of franchised restaurants closed in the same time period. Source: Focus on Success, Not Failure.

8) Only 45% of new businesses are alive five years after they opened. This figure falls to 30% ten years after they opened. Source: Small Business Trends.

9) .32% of the adult American population is an entrepreneur. Source: Entrepreneurship Remains Strong in 2008 with Increasing Business Startups.

10) New businesses in the education and health sector have the highest success rate while the Information industry has the lowest success rate. Source: Small Business Trends.

11) 75% of entrepreneurs indicated the desire to build wealth as an important motivation in becoming an entrepreneur, hmmm, see #5. Source: OnStartups.

12) Less than 5% of entrepreneurs said the inability to find traditional employment was an important factor in starting a business. Interesting considering our current economy. Source: OnStartups.

For example, in California, high school dropouts cost an estimated $46 billion annually (3). Dropout rates also are related to higher rates of violent crime. A report from the Office of the Attorney General of California asserted that a 10 percent increase in graduation rates would result in a 20 percent reduction in murder and assault rates (3).
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