Biobehavioral Determinants of Obesity in Black Women

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 26, 2000
Last Update Posted : January 28, 2016
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
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University of Memphis

Brief Summary:
To examine the biobehavioral determinants of obesity in Black as compared with white women.

Condition or disease
Cardiovascular Diseases Heart Diseases Obesity Telangiectasis

Detailed Description:


Behavioral medicine surveys consistently find that obesity is a treatment-resistant disease that continues to be a significant health problem and that the incidence of obesity is much higher in Blacks relative to whites in general, and even higher in Black women relative to white women. In fact, an NIH Program Announcement (PA-91-99), stated that "Obesity in adults has not declined in the past three decades" and "Obesity is particularly prevalent in minority populations, especially among minority women." Obesity is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and hypertension. Obesity is a complex phenomenon involving behavioral, lifestyle, and complex biobehavioral mechanisms. In 1995, there were no prospective studies that simultaneously evaluated a systematic set of psychosocial variables with energy balance (dietary intake, physical activity, resting metabolic rate) determinants that may account for the increased risk for obesity in African-American versus Euro-American women.


After subjects were recruited, psychosocial and energy balance (dietary intake, physical activity, metabolic rate) baseline measures were related to levels of body fat as measured by DEXA (dual electron X-ray absorptiometry). The role of these variables were evaluated prospectively to adiposity changes in both white and Black women over a 24-month period.

Study Type : Observational
Study Start Date : September 1995
Study Completion Date : August 1998

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Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 100 Years   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
No eligibility criteria

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Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Memphis
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
OverallOfficial: Robert Klesges University of Memphis

Publications: Identifier: NCT00005386     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 4292
R01HL053261 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: May 26, 2000    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 28, 2016
Last Verified: August 2004

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Vascular Diseases