The Obstacles

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Obesity prevents African American Women from reaching their potential and living a full life.  Many suffer from chronic disease and experience shortened life expectancy.

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The Unsettling Facts:

  • Cardiovascular diseases kill nearly 50,000 African American women annually.

  • Of African American women ages 20 and older, 49 percent have heart diseases.

  • Only 1 in 5 African American women believes she is personally at risk.

  • Only 52 percent of African American women are aware of the signs and symptoms.

  • Only 36 percent of African American women know that heart disease is their greatest health risk.

Problem-imageDiabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity and a family history of heart disease are all greatly prevalent among African Americans and are major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. What’s more, African American women have almost two times the risk of stroke than Caucasians, and more likely to die at an earlier age when compared to women of other ethnicities.

 

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