Racial and socioeconomic differences in the weight-loss experiences of obese women

Esa M. Davis, Jeanne M. Clark, Joseph A. Carrese, Tiffany L. Gary, Lisa A. Cooper

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Focus groups stratified by race and socioeconomic status were used to examine obese women's experiences with weight-loss methods. Six themes emerged: failure of weight maintenance, use of psychological and spiritual approaches, role of family influences and societal expectations, role of African American subculture, method affordability, and racial differences in weight-loss methods. Tailored weight-management interventions for women, particularly African Americans and those of low socioeconomic status, should account for features of African American subculture and address affordability concerns, include maintenance strategies that incorporate psychological and spiritual principles, and target family attitudes and behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1539-1543
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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