Comparison of Lifestyles among Obese and Nonobese African American and European American Women in the Community

Mary A. Nies, Cynthia Buffington, George Cowan, Joseph T. Hepworth

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Abstract

Background: Gender and race differences in preventive health behavior have been examined in several studies. A few race- and gender-specific studies of health-promoting activities have been conducted although none of these specifically addresses race, female gender, obesity, and health-promoting activities. Such a study would fill an important gap in the literature. Objectives: To examine the effects of race and obesity on health-promoting behaviors in women. Method: A comparative descriptive design was used with two levels of body size (obese and nonobese) and two levels of race (African American and European American). Results: Obese women scored lower than nonobese women on all Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile (HPLP) scales. African American women scored lower than European women only on nutrition. Conclusions: Health promotion counseling should be considered for all obese women because obesity may be a mediating variable between race and health-promoting behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-257
Number of pages7
JournalNursing research
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

Keywords

  • Community
  • Lifestyles
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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