Body image perceptions and physical activity attitudes in postpartum African American women
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Obesity is a widespread problem in the United States that has profound health implications. Obesity rates also differ across different racial and ethnic groups. Among women, an important time period in their lives is the pregnancy period as gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention may influence and contribute to noticeable differences in weight gain and retention. Maternal weight retention has implications for future health related problems and therefore needs to be addressed. One such group that is of specific interest is African Americans as data shows that obesity is more prevalent among African American adults, with the highest rates occurring in African-American women. Weight loss intervention programs for postpartum women may be useful in helping new mothers lose weight. This study was aimed at observing changes in areas such as weight loss and body image perception from a pilot-tested randomized controlled culturally tailored weight loss intervention program.