The causes of this alarming obesity rate are various and complex and range from genes and diet to socioeconomic status and the environment, according to Julie Palmer, a senior epidemiologist at Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center who has coordinated the Black Women's Health Study since In the BU piece, Palmer details some of these causes and potential fixes:. It was clearly worse than eating the fried fish, fried chicken, or the pizza. Palmer published their findings in biannual newsletters sent to study participants, with the recommendation that they substitute diet soda or water for regular soda and order pizza or Mexican, which has more nutrients and fewer calories than burgers. In a paper published in Nature, Palmer and her colleagues reported that African American women who have children young, are overweight at the time of pregnancy, or gain an excess amount of weight during pregnancy have a higher prevalence of obesity compared to white women. The percentage of black infants who are breast-fed has shot up markedly in recent years, but it still lags compared to other groups.
Black Women and Fat
The Role of Body Fat and Fat Distribution in Hypertension Risk in Urban Black South African Women
Skip Navigation. Source: CDC Health United States, Table Table Aa. Obesity is a risk factor for several diseases.
The United States is not a particularly thin nation, any more than it is a particularly honest one. Consider, for instance, that according to the Centers for Disease Control, about 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. And yet, at the very same time, notions of thinness are imposed upon us in such a way that overweight people are needlessly dying from stigma and cruelty.
Developing countries are disproportionately affected by hypertension, with Black women being at greater risk, possibly due to differences in body fat distribution. The objectives of this study were: 1 To examine how different measures of body composition are associated with blood pressure BP and incident hypertension; 2 to determine the association between baseline or change in body composition, and hypertension; and 3 to determine which body composition measure best predicts hypertension in Black South African women. The sample comprised non-hypertensive women, aged 29—53 years. Body fat and BP were assessed at baseline and 8.