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Obesity in african-americans: perceptions and realities

Authors:Shashi K. Agarwal
Int J Biol Med Res. 2012; 3(2): 1820 – 1823  |  PDF File


Obesity disproportionately affects African-Americans. Adverse health consequences include coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer. African-Americans suffer from a higher rate of death when compared to white men and women from these leading causes of death. Premature death is often preceded by a reduced quality of life. Complex social, psychological, behavioral, cultural, environmental, physiological, economic, and genetic factors contribute to this disparity. The African-American population is expected to double in 50 years. Unless the underlying issues are resolved, this health crisis will continue to worsen in the coming decades.