Weight Loss for African-American Women: An eight-week Guide to Better Health.

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This easy-to-use book offers a motivating eight-week program for women trying to lose extra pounds. More than sixty-nine percent of African-American women are overweight or obese. And it's not just a cosmetic problem. Obesity carries with it the risk of heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and other health problems. What can you do if you or the women in your life are struggling with obesity? WEIGHT LOSS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN offers a safe and effective eight week program for losing ...

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Overview

This easy-to-use book offers a motivating eight-week program for women trying to lose extra pounds. More than sixty-nine percent of African-American women are overweight or obese. And it's not just a cosmetic problem. Obesity carries with it the risk of heart disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and other health problems. What can you do if you or the women in your life are struggling with obesity? WEIGHT LOSS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN offers a safe and effective eight week program for losing those excess pounds. With gentle encouragement, Dr. Smith helps you to explore the emotional reasons behind being overweight, shows your how to recognize eating disorders, and suggests strategies to deal with these issues. In addition you will learn how to: Shop for the right foods Gradually incorporate exercise into your life plan Use the Menu and Exercise planners to record and track your progress Prepare delicious low fat, low calorie meals from the list of over fifty recipes WEIGHT LOSS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN also includes a list of resources for weight management and other health issues. With the tools you'll find in this helpful book, you learn how to reclaim your health, your true self, and your life.

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Many African American women are overweight and particularly at risk for developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and certain types of cancers. At the expense of their health, they put the needs of others ahead of their own. Here, Smith (family medicine, Hahnemann Sch. of Medicine) presents the results of her eight-week weight loss program in eight chapters. The participants, four overweight black women, were shown how to put themselves first and improve their overall health and self-esteem through food choices, exercise, meditation, and motivational techniques. The author details the weekly group meetings with the women and gives readers the fundamentals they need to follow the program themselves. Though "before and after" photos of the participants would have been helpful, there are illustrated exercises, recipes, meal planners, food and activity diaries, and resources for more guidance. Hopefully, the index (not seen) will direct women to the sections on specific concerns, such as high cholesterol and osteoporosis, since they are buried within the weekly synopsis chapters. Although this contains lots of helpful information, it could have been better organized. Roniece Weaver and others' Slim Down Sister (Dutton, 1999) is a more solid choice. Recommended with reservations for public libraries. Samantha J. Gust, Niagara Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967525853
  • Publisher: Hilton Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.03 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmond Smith, MD, MEd, is the director of research for the Nelson Medical Group and the author of "More than Sex: Reinventing the Black Male Image," He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2003

    This is a fantastic book

    This book read like a story. I identified with one of the women in the book and it helped to to realize that I needed to work on my own situation, and not look for a cookie cutter approach to my weight problem. I liked the way Dr. Smith made sure that he talked about the different parts of the personality needing nurturing, and didn't concentrate totally on weight loss. I've tried to lose weight before, and never really focused on my other emotions, or even whether I took time out for myself or not... Thanks so much to the doctor...more stories please of people that you have helped.

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