Perceptions of obesity

Black and White differences.

Andria M Thomas, Ginger Moseley, Rayvelle Stallings, Gloria Nichols-English, Peggy J. Wagner

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Abstract

To better understand similarities and differences in Black and White women's perceptions about obesity, we conducted race-matched focus groups with thirty physician-referred, obese women. Participants completed demographic questionnaires and body image assessments. Analysis yielded some common themes. Unique themes for Black women included disagreement with the thin ideal and their own and family members' satisfaction with their weight; dislike of physical activity because of perspiration and appearance; program access barriers; and difficulties with clothing. White women desired support during weight loss from other obese individuals. Results support education and intervention programs that respond to specific needs of each group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-180
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of cultural diversity
Volume15
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

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Thomas, A. M., Moseley, G., Stallings, R., Nichols-English, G., & Wagner, P. J. (2008). Perceptions of obesity: Black and White differences. Journal of cultural diversity, 15(4), 174-180.

Perceptions of obesity : Black and White differences. / Thomas, Andria M; Moseley, Ginger; Stallings, Rayvelle; Nichols-English, Gloria; Wagner, Peggy J.

In: Journal of cultural diversity, Vol. 15, No. 4, 01.12.2008, p. 174-180.

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Thomas, AM, Moseley, G, Stallings, R, Nichols-English, G & Wagner, PJ 2008, 'Perceptions of obesity: Black and White differences.', Journal of cultural diversity, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 174-180.
Thomas AM, Moseley G, Stallings R, Nichols-English G, Wagner PJ. Perceptions of obesity: Black and White differences. Journal of cultural diversity. 2008 Dec 1;15(4):174-180.
Thomas, Andria M ; Moseley, Ginger ; Stallings, Rayvelle ; Nichols-English, Gloria ; Wagner, Peggy J. / Perceptions of obesity : Black and White differences. In: Journal of cultural diversity. 2008 ; Vol. 15, No. 4. pp. 174-180.
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