Year of Publication

2009

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Thesis

College

Architecture

Department

Hospitality and Dietetic Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Hazel Forsythe

Abstract

African Americans have more disease, disability, and early death than whites. The leading causes of death for African American women are heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and kidney disease. Several reasons for these differences, including racism, poverty, cultural differences, lack of knowledge about the importance of screening or testing to prevent health problems, inability to get to the doctor, or lack of trust in the medical system. Healthy eating habits are less evident among lower class neighborhoods because of the lack of availability and education about healthy foods. Although African Americans have a healthy acceptance of a wider range of body sizes, their tolerance may lead to more obesity and serious nutrition-related health problems. This study analyzed the risk of nutrition related deficits in African American women living in low income housing. The majority of respondents had been diagnosed with nutrition related medical conditions. Significant relationships were found between medical conditions and income. The behavioral changes within low-income families might be most difficult because of many barriers, but by further educating this population, they can learn to live with these disadvantages and create healthier diets for themselves and family.

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