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By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA National Correspondent 

Obesity Care Week Begins as Report Reveals that Nearly 50 Percent of African Americans Have Obesity

 

Obesity Care Week 2023 (OCW) kicked off on Monday, Feb. 27, with a focus on the disproportionate impact of obesity on communities of color.

Health officials responsible for OCW said racial and ethnic minorities have a higher rate of chronic diseases. African Americans have the highest rate of chronic diseases.

According to recent data, almost 50% of African Americans have obesity, and approximately 4 out of 5 Black women have overweight or obesity.

The causes of obesity are complex, and a person's access to healthy food, safe places to exercise and play, stable and affordable housing, access t...



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