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2014 Presenters Abstract Webinar

Nov 20

5:30 pm

Dr. Woolford-Hunt

Hair, Acitvity, Identity, and Race (H.A.I.R) Study

 This study explored the relationships between ethnic identity, hairstyle choices and physical activity among African American adolescent girls.
The prevalence of obesity among African American (AA) females is higher than for any other subpopulation in the US.  This disparity in obesity prevalence is not apparent in young children but is marked during the adolescent years.  Obesity in adolescence has been shown to increase the risks of developing numerous diseases including type diabetes, sleep apnea, and psychosocial sequalae and cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Research suggests that differences in  participation in physical activity contributes to this disparity in obesity prevalence, with AA adolescent girls reporting lower levels of physical activity than their Caucasian peers in physical activity. In addition, research among adult AA women suggests that concerns about hair style maintenance impacts their level of engagement in physical activity. 





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