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.
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FOUR out of five black women are seriously overweight. One out of four middle-aged black women has diabetes. What we need is a body-culture revolution in black America. Chemically, in its ability to promote disease, black fat may be the same as white fat. Culturally it is not.
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