No matter what your ethnic origins, if you’re overweight or obese, losing weight is important for better health and a longer life. However, some research has found that black women are less likely to ask for health from a doctor, a physical trainer or even to join a weight loss program to lose weight compared to white women.
Apparently, both black and white women were concerned about their appearance and weight. In spite of this white women were more likely to be pushed by this concern into taking action about their weight. Concerns about the health risks of being overweight or obese were not the primary reasons for women trying to lose weight.
Cultural beliefs may affect the way in which women chose to access health information. This may mean that the available methods of spreading information about weight loss and dieting etc may not be completely acceptable to black women and possibly other ethnic minorities.
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