CURRENT RESEARCH: African American women have a harder time losing weight

8 Jan

 African American women who follow the same diet as white women and exercise just as much tend to lose less weight because they burn fewer calories, a new study by the International Journal of Obesity suggests.

James DeLany from the University of Pittsburgh and his colleges studied 39 African American women and 66 white women. The participants were all severely obese and were randomly assigned to either a calorie-restricted diet alone or the diet along with exercise guidelines.

The researchers measured women’s daily energy expenditure at the beginning and end of the study. They also tracked their physical activity using wearable monitors.

By the end of the six-month intervention, white women had lost an average of 24 pounds and African American women had lost an average of 16 pounds, according to findings published in the International Journal of Obesity.

But the African American women had increased their physical activity by as much as white women and they followed the prescribed diet just as closely.

DeLany said that according to his findings, African American women would have to eat about 150 fewer calories per day than their white peers – or work out that much more – to lose the same amount of weight.

To Read More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/03/us-african-american-women-weight-idUSBREA020TH20140103Image

The Journal article can be found at: http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/vaop/naam/pdf/ijo2013240a.pdf

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