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J Natl Med Assoc. 2002 April; 94(4): 224–235.
PMCID: PMC2594232

Developing weight loss interventions for African-American women: elements of successful models.


This review examines published reports of weight-loss interventions targeted to overweight African-American women and identifies specific factors that may account for the variability in observed outcomes. The review will identify program elements that have been associated with weight loss in obese African-American women, describe behavior modification elements of weight loss programs, and provide a list of "lessons learned" that may be useful in planning future weight-loss intervention programs for this target population.

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