Weight loss attitudes and social forces in urban poor Black and White women

Ni Cole R Keith, Kimberly A. Hemmerlein, Daniel O. Clark

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OBJECTIVE: To explore differences between Blacks and Whites in perceived influences on weight-related behaviors among obese urban poor women.

METHODS: Participants (N = 27) received physician referrals to a weight loss program located in Federally Qualified Health Centers and either never attended or stopped attending. We conducted in-depth, in home interviews using a script informed by focus groups, pilot discussions, and the theory of planned behavior (TPB) to learn about participants' weight loss attitudes, social forces and perceived behavioral control.

RESULTS: White women reported having more social support and social pressure for weight management activities. Black women reported eating for positive reasons whereas white women associated eating with negative emotions.

CONCLUSION: Social networks and emotions may be critical factors in weight management and lifestyle program participation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-42
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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