Gordito Doesn’t Mean Healthy is the very first book about obesity in Latino children. Traditional Latino culture believes “a gordito or fat baby is a healthy baby”. This idea was born in a time and place when food wasn’t as plentiful and those with more weight had a greater chance of survival should food become scarce. This cultural belief, along with some genetic factors specific to Latinos, is resulting in an obesity epidemic in the Latino community among both children and adults.
Written by a nutritionist and a health reporter, both Hispanic mothers, Gordito Doesn’t Mean Healthy is the first book of its kind, offering information, strategies and tools to prevent and manage obesity in children.
GORDITO, DOESN’T MEAN HEALTHY, Penguin 2006, USA GORDITO, NO SIGNIFICA SALUDABLE, Madrid, Spain , 2007