A New Study Suggests Weight Loss Programs to be Race Specific
Aug 29, 2005
A recent study conducted by Case Western Reserve University,
Cleveland, Ohio, suggests that weight loss programs
need to be race and income specific as weight control
experiences of the women hailing from different races
and class vary from each other.
According to the survey, the white women mentioned physical
activity as their key to weight-loss success, while
the black women put more emphasis on food choices. The
black women in particular said weight loss programs
that incorporated spiritual and psychological support
would be helpful.
The low-income women surveyed said cost had been a barrier
to effective weight loss for them. The study's authors
said that it points to a need to promote "creative
strategies that educate low-[income] women on cost-effective
ways to eat healthy and engage in physical activity…"
The finding suggests that black and low-income women
are at higher risk for obesity than the general population,
but tailored weight-loss programs could help reduce
the risk of weight gain.