-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Dec. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Obese black women have a
better weight-related quality of life than white women with the
same weight, according to a new U.S. study.
The researchers found that black women are more likely to be
concerned about possible physical limitations caused by overweight
and obesity, rather than the potential psychological
In the study, investigators analyzed data collected between 2000
and 2010 from 172 black and 171 white obese women. The women filled
out a questionnaire that examined five quality-of-life areas:
physical function, self-esteem, sexual life, public distress and
Among all the women, quality-of-life fell as body mass index
(BMI) rose. BMI is a measurement of overweight and obesity.
However, at similar BMIs, black women consistently had higher
quality-of-life scores than white women and self-esteem was
particularly high among black women, according to Tiffany Cox, of
the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and colleagues.
The study authors noted that black women are typically more
accepting of larger body sizes, which may explain why their quality
of life is less affected by weight.
The study was released online in advance of publication in an
upcoming print issue of the journal
Applied Research in Quality of Life.
"The implications of this relationship between weight and quality of life in black women remain unclear. While the highest quality of life is desirable as an indicator of overall well-being, black women's perception of experiencing a high quality of life despite having a high BMI may also dampen motivation for attempting weight loss. Additional research is needed to understand the potentially bidirectional relationship between weight and quality of life in black women," Cox commented in a journal news release.
In the United States, about 80 percent of black women over the
age of 20 are overweight or obese, according to background
information in the news release.
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more
overweight and obesity.
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