Two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and African American women are the most likely to fall into these categories. Given the range of dangerous and costly diseases (type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, even certain cancers), it’s imperative to discover meaningful ways to improve these health outcomes.
One solution could be behavioral weight loss interventions (BWI), which combine diet, physical activity, and behavior modification to achieve weight reduction. However, African American women achieve smaller losses through BWI than do non-Hispanic White women. These racial differences are not well understood, which invite the need for further study: This analysis features a 4-month, randomized, controlled trial to examine the impact of race on women’s weight loss and weight-related behaviors.