New York City, New York (PRWEB) May 22, 2013
According to the latest “Obesity and the Black American: Causes, Culture, Consequences, and Cost” article published recently at FinancesOnline.com the wailing and flailing of health experts on obesity is fully justified. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2012 report points out that 33.0% of U.S. adults aged 20 and over are overweight, 35.7% are obese, and 6.3% are extremely obese. This and other alarming facts are highlighted in this investigative article. In particular, the article focuses on a sector that seems to be most at risk for obesity -- African Americans.
The article takes an in-depth look at what it calls the 4Cs of Black American obesity -- causes, culture, consequences, and cost. Some of the article’s most interesting viewpoints:
That’s just for starters. After discussing the possible causes at length, the article then goes on to discuss the cultural factors behind African American obesity. First is the general acceptance of weight and absence of pressure to be thin in Black communities. Then there’s also the central and celebratory role food plays in the typical African American family.
The article then cites some disturbing facts and figures:
The article does offer some measure of hope. Citing a 2012 report by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH), it states that if at-risk citizens reduced their body mass index by 5%, states stand to save as much as 7.9% of medical costs related to obesity, or roughly $81 billion for the state of California in 2030.
The full “Obesity and the Black American: Causes, Culture, Consequences, and Cost” article is available at FinancesOnline.com.