Body image as a contributor to weight in pregnancy and postpartum: Racial differences

Tiffany L. Carson, Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, Tiffany L. Gary-Webb

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The alarming disparities in obesity and related conditions for African-Americans compared to Whites have prompted the investigation of social and cultural influences of the obesogenic environment as potential contributors. One such cultural influence may be body image, which encompasses one’s perception of body size and the emotional attitude toward that perception. While studies show that body image is significantly associated with weight, studies during pregnancy have been few, particularly among minority populations. The concept of body image and its influence on weight control should be considered in various phases of a woman’s life, including pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationObesity During Pregnancy in Clinical Practice
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)9781447128311, 9781447128304
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Body image
  • Cultural influences
  • Postpartum
  • Prepregnancy
  • Racial/ethnic disparities
  • Weight control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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