HBCU Writers's Project
For Immediate Release
October 28, 2009
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Jeanine James
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

(BPRW) African Americans and Obesity

(BLACK PR WIRE/FAMU-TALLAHASSEE) – Obesity affects millions of families’ lives each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), African Americans have a 51 percent higher prevalence of obesity than any other ethnic group. Research has proven that the disease increases the chances of coronary heart diseases, diabetes, cancers, hypertension and other illnesses that may cause death.

Obesity is a very serious condition. Approximately 300,000 deaths each year in the United States are attributed to obesity. There are ways to prevent and control obesity which would significantly decrease the rise in obesity in the United States. People who have been diagnosed for being pre-obese should become physically active. Physical activity contributes to weight loss, especially when coupled with eating nutritious foods and portion control.

The CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) currently funds 25 states to address the problems of obesity and chronic diseases. There are strategic communication plans in effect that increase access and use of environments to support healthful eating and physical activity. The CDC recommends that you consult with your health care provider before starting a vigorous exercise program. You should also consult with your provider if you have ever had heart trouble, high blood pressure, suffer from chest pains, or if you are over the age of 40 (men) or 50 (women).