Attitudes Regarding Overweight, Exercise, and Health among Blacks (United States).

Journal Article (Journal Article)


To investigate Blacks'views regarding the connections among overweight, exercise, and health.


A national randomized telephone survey of 986 US Blacks, conducted between 6 July 2004 and 15 July 2004.


The majority (65%) of respondents reported their weight as average or underweight. Most participants also reported being regularly physically active in the last month (84.5%). The majority of participants reported believing that it is possible to be overweight and healthy. Most acknowledged the connection between exercise and health, and just over half of respondents identified the association between overweight and cancer risk. There was little sociodemographic variation in responses, although findings differed by self-reported overweight and physical activity.


Some Blacks may underestimate the extent of their overweight, perhaps resulting from the high prevalence of the condition in the population. Gaps exist in Blacks' recognition of the connection between weight and health, although the importance of exercise for health promotion was widely acknowledged. These data may highlight an important target for intervention attention.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bennett, GG; Wolin, KY; Goodman, M; Samplin-Salgado, M; Carter, P; Dutton, S; Hill, R; Emmons, K

Published Date

  • February 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 17 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 95 - 101

PubMed ID

  • 16411058

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-7225

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0957-5243

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10552-005-0412-5


  • eng