Racism may be making our kids unhealthy

Racism damages our children’s health, a recent study found, negatively affecting the wellness of wealthy white kids and poor minorities the most.

The study, which will be presented this weekend by lead author Dr. Ashaunta Anderson, found kids who endured racism had lower levels of general health, including higher rates of anxiety, depression and ADHD.

The study isn’t the first to explore racism’s link to physical health. Past studies have tied racism to weight gain, aging and even asthma. But Anderson, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of California-Riverside, said her study gets closer to proving racism may actually cause negative health outcomes because it adjusts for other factors.

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