Posts Tagged ‘obesity’

Latino Kids Being Targeted In Soda Wars For Obesity Studies

Thursday, April 4th, 2013


(Huffington Post) Are Latino kids being unfairly targeted as study subjects for obesity in youth and the relationship to drinking a lot of sodas?

There is now a growing controversy over the cottage industry of grant money going to study soda-drinking Hispanic kids, with the center of the storm a $30,000 payout from National Institute of Health to a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco.

It sounds like academic overkill to some, particularly the soda beverage lobby, especially the speculation that the final cost of that study might be something like $100,000.

But the fact of the matter is that, these grants aside, obesity among Latino kids – and their soda drinking habits – is a serious national health problem, at least to Hispanic health which already is hard hit by increasing diabetes rates.

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Film explores African-Americans’ unhealthy “soul food” habit

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013


(Reuters) – After interviewing food historians, scholars, cooks, doctors, activists and consumers for his new film "Soul Food Junkies," filmmaker Byron Hurt concluded that an addiction to soul food is killing African-Americans at an alarming rate.

The movie, which will premiere on January 14 on U.S. public broadcasting television, examines how black cultural identity is linked to high-calorie, high-fat food such as fried chicken and barbecued ribs and how eating habits may be changing.

In the deeply personal film, Hurt details his father's fight and eventual death from pancreatic cancer. A high-fat diet is a risk factor for the illness, according to researchers at Duke University in North Carolina.

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Hair care before exercise for some African American women

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012


(Examiner) A new study released in the Archives ofDermatology on Monday, December 17, reveals that hair care may be more important than exercise for some African Americanwomen.

Rebecca R. Hall, MD, Shani Francis, MD, MBA, Melicia Whitt-Glover, PhD, Kismet Loftin-Bell, MS, Katrina Swett, MS and Amy J. McMichael, MD set out to find the influence hairstyle maintenance has over exercise behavior in African American women.

The results, are not surprising, as a great deal of time, money and effort is involved in ethnic hair care. Of the 103 African American women aged 21-60 who completed the study’s questionnaire, 37.9% avoids exercise due to hair-related issues, whereas, 50% have modified their hairstyles to accommodate their workout routine.

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Workout hair and the African American woman

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

( Dealing with hair during a workout doesn’t have to be difficult or a burden. For the millions ofAfrican American women in America, hair is a hot topic. From infancy, the black woman is raised to believe her hair is her ‘crown and glory’ and at all cost one must maintain its upkeep. Whether, that is dedicating one’s own time to managing and styling it, or shelling out thousands of dollars a year for a stylist to work his/her magic with chemical relaxers, treatments, colorings and weaves, the African American woman’s hair is of upmost importance to her appearance. As a matter of fact, hair is such a vital part of black culture that many women have and, are sacrificing physical fitness in order to maintain a great hairdo.

According to a study conducted on 103 African American women in 2008, by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, 31% of the women surveyed refused to exercise citing the ruining of their hairstyle as their main deterrent. This is problematic because 50% of African American women are considered obese. What is more, the American Obesity Association has noted that 80% are classified as overweight and are at a higher risk of becoming obese in their lifetime.

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Childhood abuse linked to adult obesity in black women, study says

Saturday, July 7th, 2012


(Chicago Tribune) Higher levels of childhood physical or sexual abuse are associated with an increased risk for obesity among adult African American women, researchers said.

It was the first study to look at a large group of African American women for this association, which has been found among women in previous studies, the researchers from Boston University said in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The association was “modest, statistically significant” for women who reported severe abuse early in life. And the researchers note that caregivers could take this into account when working with children to prevent obesity.

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Being overweight not such a stigma for African American women

Friday, December 9th, 2011

( While all obese women are less satisfied with the weight-related quality of their lives than women of 'normal' weight, black women report a higher quality of life than white women of the same weight. In addition, black women appear to be more concerned about the physical limitations resulting from their obesity, than by the potential psychological consequences of being overweight or obese. These findings by Dr. Tiffany L. Cox, and her team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND, and Obesity and Quality of Life Consulting in Durham, NC, are published online in Springer's journal Applied Research in Quality of Life.

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Soft drink makers target U.S. youth online: study

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

(Reuters) U.S. children and teenagers are seeing far more soda advertising than before, with blacks and Hispanics the major targets, as marketers have expanded online, according to a study released on Monday.

The report from the Yale University Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity also said many fruit and energy drinks, which are popular with teenagers, have as much added sugar and as many calories as regular soda.

"Our children are being assaulted by these drinks that are high in sugar and low in nutrition," said Yale's Kelly Brownell, co-author of the report. "The companies are marketing them in highly aggressive ways."

Children's and teens' exposure to full-calorie soda ads on television doubled from 2008 to 2010, fueled by increases from Coca-Cola Co and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc, the report found.

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Latino Childhood Obesity: Seeking Solutions At Home And At School

Friday, September 16th, 2011

(Huffington Post) September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and organizations such as the National Council of La Raza, the Leadership for Healthy Communities and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation are taking a closer look at the challenges Latino children in particular face.

According to the National Council of La Raza, there are more than 16 million Latino children under the age of 18 living in the United States. The number of Latino children has increased by 30 percent since 2000 and doubled since 1990, making them one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population. And as of May 2010, 38.2 percent of Hispanic children ages 2 to 19 were overweight or obese, compared with 31.7 percent of all children, according to the Leadership for Healthy Communities.

The National Council of La Raza reports that one out of two Latino children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes. "That is the statistic that should be our wake-up call,” said Jennifer Ng'andu, deputy director of the council's health policy project, where she oversees efforts to improve the health status and outcomes of Latinos through national policy change.

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Obesity, bigger waist may mean higher death risk for black women

Friday, September 9th, 2011

(Chicago Tribune) Being obese and having a larger waist may be linked with a higher risk of dying for African American women, a study finds.

Body mass index and waist circumference were examined in 33,916 women who were part of the ongoing Black Women's Health Study and had never smoked and didn't have cardiovascular disease or cancer at the beginning of the study.

In 13 years of follow-up, researchers found that for women who had a BMI of 20 or higher, every five-unit rise in BMI was linked with an 18% increase in the risk of death during the study period. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal weight, while 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and 30 and above is considered obese. For overweight women the risk of death from cardiovascular disease was two times higher, and for obese women it was three times higher compared with normal-weight women.

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Latino groups support Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity efforts

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

( Phoenix Latino civil rights groups Chicanos Unidos Arizona, Nuestros Reconquistos, and Take Back Aztlán met at the Phoenix Public Library Monday morning to support Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity efforts . There has been some backlash against her efforts, but Cecilia Maldonado of Chicanos Unidos Arizona feels Michelle Obama is doing the right thing.

“Latino children need to learn about the negative effects of obesity, especially since they are already discriminated against because of their skin color. Michelle Obama has pledged to help get the message to Latino children and we praise her for that.

Manuel Longoria of Nuestros Reconquistos believes that places like McDonalds, Taco Bell, and other fast food restaurants should be banned. “These fast food places have caused millions of heart attacks and are bad for children of all races.”

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