TITLE

Perception of Body Composition and Health Status among College-Aged African American Women

AUTHOR(S)
WILLIAMS-YORK, BERNADETTE; MONTGOMERY, VALDA; EMERSON, PATRICE; MCCALL, JEANETTW; SPENCER, WENDOLYN
PUB. DATE
March 2013
SOURCE
Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Educa;Spring2013, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p918
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We determined rates of overweight and obesity in 61 African American college-aged women at a historically black university in Alabama and their perceived health status and body image. Participants completed a questionnaire that addressed health concerns, including per­ceived health status, healthcare access and use, and insurance coverage. Of the 67 percent of participants who were overweight (33%) or obese (34%), 42 percent incorrectly self-reported their weight as normal, and 31 percent of obese participants rated their health as good-excellent. Overall, 26 percent of respondents did not consider weight a health indicator. Obesity rates were high in this population of young African American women. They need more information regarding the health risks associated with overweight/obesity and the role of physical therapists in addressing overweight/obesity.
ACCESSION #
96090742

 

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