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Are Blacks Predisposed to Be Less Healthy Than Whites?

From Time Magazine’s Blog….What do you think about this? Let us know.


A recently released study suggests that one’s race might influence one’s ability to prevent obesity. According to the June issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, exercise is less likely to lead to weight loss for black adolescent girls than for white adolescent girls. Both groups of girls in the study consumed the same number of calories each day and exercised at similar levels. Nonetheless, 85% of the black girls who engaged in moderate levels of exercise at 12 years old were as likely to be obese by the time they reached 14 as were those who hardly exercised at all. For white girls, the results were almost exactly reversed, with only 14%  likely to become obese by age 14. As result, though they cannot fully account for their findings, the authors of the study propose that genetics were at work and that black girls may need…

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