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AfriGeneas Health and Wellness Forum

Obesity and African Americans

Statistics from the Office of Minority Health:

- African American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese compared to other groups in the U.S. About four out of five African American women are overweight or obese.1

- In 2005, African Americans were 1.4 times as likely to be obese as Non- Hispanic Whites.

- From 2001-2004, African American women were 70% more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women.

- In 2003-2004, African American children between ages 6 -17 were 1.3 times as likely to be overweight than Non-Hispanic Whites.

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Obesity and African Americans
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