Black Women And Weight


new study released today by Duke University finds a new approach for black women to embrace in the battle against obesity.

The obesity epidemic has impacted black women on a higher level than other racial groups or genders. Four out of five African-American women are overweight or obese, according to federal statistics. This new research from Duke University provides an alternative method to avoid health risks by saying instead of trying to lose weight, black women should aim to simply try to maintain the weight they have. They’re calling the approach “maintain, don’t gain.”

“We could reduce these health risks if women simply maintained their current weight,” said Gary Bennett, lead author of the study and associate professor of psychology and neuroscience and global health at Duke.


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