Beyond Body Mass Index: Are Weight-loss Programs the Best Way to Improve the Health of African American Women?

Leilani Dodgen, Emily Spence-Almaguer

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Abstract

African American women have higher prevalence (82%) of overweight (body mass index [BMI] 25-29) and obesity (BMI ≥30) than white women (63.2%) or Hispanic women (77.2%), and weight-loss programs yield minimal results in this population. We examine the concept of BMI as a measure of health for African American women and suggests a more holistic, multifaceted approach to preventing chronic disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E48
JournalPreventing chronic disease
Volume14
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Jun 2017

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