Obesity, a Major Health Issue for African American Women

by Diabetes, For Women

The epidemic of obesity, a major health issue in the African American community is occurring among black women between the ages of 20 and 39.  Recently, medical literature has revealed that 57% of black women in this age group are obese.

This issue has to be addressed aggressively and can no longer be kept silent.  It has been apparent for years, but some physicians have been unwilling to discuss it because it is unpopular.

The consequences, directly related to obesity, are manifested daily with increased cancer, heart attacks, and deaths.

The American Heart Association has confirmed that black women are three times more likely to die from a heart attack than white women. 

Lack of education and socioeconomic factors play a role.  Cultural beliefs about personal eating habits, life circumstances, and emotional issues are often major causes of obesity among African American women.



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Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
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Thaddeus J. Bell, MD


I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.

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