Obesity literacy and culture among African American women in Florida.
OBJECTIVE: To explore causal explanations of obesity among African-American women of diverse weight across the life spectrum. METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with adult African-American women of healthy weight (N = 10), overweight (N = 10), and obese weight (N = 20) to evaluate the relationship between causal explanations of obesity and weight. RESULTS: Generally overlooked dimensions of health definitions were discovered. Differences in weight definitions were detected between women of different weights. Terminology, symptoms, and solutions to obesity were detected between the women of different weights and public health recommendations. CONCLUSION: Identified causal discrepancies will help bridge the disconnection between public health recommendations and African-American women's perceptions with tailored interventions.
López, IA; Boston, PQ; Dutton, M; Jones, CG; Mitchell, MM; Vilme, H
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