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Obesity treatment motivation 'varies by race'

Mintel

Recent research has suggested that different races tend to seek out slimming methods and obesity treatments for different reasons.

 

Conducted by Mintel, the study found that 56 per cent of black adults are dieting in order to lose weight.

 

However, 63 per cent of white adults are dieting for this purpose, along with 57 per cent of Asian adults and 54 per cent of Hispanic adults.

 

The remaining black population were shown to be watching their weight for health purposes.

 

Indeed, 70 per cent of those surveyed who are limiting the amount of kinds of food they eat say that they are doing so for general wellness.

 

A further 52 per cent explained that they are doing so to prevent or control high blood pressure.

 

Leylha Ahuile, senior multicultural analyst, commented: "Black adults are concerned with controlling cholesterol, blood sugar levels, hypertension, salt intake and other health-related issues.

 

"This demographic needs effective, targeted solutions that can help them reach their weight-loss goals rather than information that focuses on appearance, which may not speak to their concerns - as dieting simply to be thinner isn't as important." 

© Adfero Ltd

 

Obesity treatment news : 12 June 2011