2011: The Year in African-American Health

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Top Health Experts Weigh in on Obesity Among African-American Women

In July, at a national panel dedicated to medicine and African-American health, top health experts analyzed why African-American women had the highest rates of obesity in the U.S.  Besides finding that past fad diets and unrealistic goals often deter Black women from reaching their healthiest weight, experts also reported that some women — particularly younger girls — may gain weight as protection against sexual abuse.

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