Cultural perceptions of weight in African American and Caucasian women.

Academic Article


  • OBJECTIVE: To determine if African American (AA) and Caucasian women grouped variables related to race and weight into discrete clusters and if there were discernable response patterns with unique subgroup characteristics. METHODS: Women (N=277, 48% AA) completed a card sorting task, ranking 28 variables. We used multidimensional scaling to determine perceived similarities and differences between variables, and latent class analysis to identify subgroups responding similarly. RESULTS: We identified 5 clusters of variables and 4 response patterns, which were demographically and anthropometrically distinct. CONCLUSIONS: These results can be used for empirical cultural tailoring of behavioral weight loss interventions.
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  • Health values  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Adult, African Americans, Body Height, Body Mass Index, Body Weight, Cross-Cultural Comparison, Cultural Characteristics, European Continental Ancestry Group, Female, Humans, Psychomotor Performance, Social Perception, Women
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    Author List

  • Ard JD; Zunker C; Qu H; Cox T; Wingo B; Jefferson W; Shewchuk R
  • Start Page

  • 3
  • End Page

  • 13
  • Volume

  • 37
  • Issue

  • 1