5186.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Empowering Black Women in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Weight Management: Issues and Programs

Overweight has been associated with various forms of cancer, hypertension, diabetes, elevated lipid levels, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis, and cardiovascular diseases, and overall mortality increases with increasing body weight. National health objectives include a goal of less than 15% obesity prevalence and 60% or greater prevalence of healthy weight by the year 2010; however, estimates from recent national surveys indicate that up to half of Americans are overweight. Despite a steady increase in weight loss attempts, the prevalence of obesity has continued to increase during the past decade. The problem appears to be especially acute for women, those with low socioeconomic status, and ethnic minority groups, especially Black women. Traditional weight loss programs have had only modest or no success among Black women. More information is needed on how to encourage Black women to improve their eating habits, be more physically active, and prevent weight gain as well as lose weight. Alternative programs to promote successful dietary change, physical activity and weight control that are culturally appropriate for Black women need to be developed. The purpose of this session is to: 1. Discuss research results that will provide guidance on nutrition and weight management for Black women. 2. Discuss several successful intervention programs to promote dietary change, physical activity and weight control for Black women
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Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Organizer(s):Kim M. Gans, PhD
2:30 PMWelcoming Remarks - Kim Gans, Moderator
2:32 PMThe Relationship between Body Image Dissatisfaction and BMI across ethnic groups
Marian L. Fitzgibbon, PhD, Lisa R. Blackman, BA, Mary E. Avellone, PhD
2:47 PMNutrition Attitudes in Diverse Populations of Black Women
T. Elaine Prewitt, DrPH, Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD, Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, PhD, Amy Luke, PhD
3:02 PMDeterminants of Overeating in a Multi-Ethnic Sample of African-American Women
Angela Odoms, PhD, Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, Roberta Goldman, PhD, Kim M. Gans, PhD, MPH, Thomas M. Lasater, PhD
3:17 PMSisterTalk: A weight control program for Black women delivered via cable television
Kim M. Gans, PhD, MPH, Thomas M. Lasater, PhD, Shiriki K. Kumanyika, PhD, MPH, Patricia M. Risica, PhD, RD, Colleen Caron, PhD
3:32 PMSisters Together: Findings from a Model Program
Rima E. Rudd, ScD, MSPH, Jeanne Goldberg, PhD, RD
3:47 PMQuestions and Answers
Sponsor:Food and Nutrition
Cosponsors:Chiropractic Health Care; Epidemiology; Social Work; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA