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Focus Group Data Pertinent to the Prevention of Obesity in African Americans

Dietz, William (2001) Focus Group Data Pertinent to the Prevention of Obesity in African Americans. American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 322 (5). pp. 275-278.

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The increased prevalence of obesity among African-American women makes it likely that they bear a disproportionate burden of comorbidities attributable to obesity, such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipemia. These observations suggest that intensive efforts to prevent obesity should be directed at this group. This presentation provides a summary of the findings of focus groups that convened prior to the Sisters Together, Move More, Eat Better campaign in Boston. This pilot campaign was designed to increase awareness of the importance of healthy eating and physical activity among young adult African-American women. In addition, data collected by the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide additional information about attitudes toward diet and physical activity among African American youth. Such data are essential to understand the attitudinal changes necessary to prevent obesity in these vulnerable populations.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: African American; Obesity; Diet; Physical activity; Focus group
Subjects: Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Obesity
Practice > outreach
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2011 20:10
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/472

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