Despite Michelle Obama’s Best Efforts… 4 of 5 African American Women Are Overweight

Despite Michelle Obama’s best efforts four of five black women in the United States are overweight.

(Just Jared)

The causes for this obesity epidemic are various and complex.
Common Health reported:

This statistic, from a BU Today report on fighting obesity, is enough to ruin your morning: “No population in the United States has a higher obesity rate than African American women, four out of five of whom are overweight or obese, according to a 2012 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

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 1995. In the BU piece, Palmer details some of these causes and potential fixes…

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