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African-American Teens, Body Image, and Weight Loss

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Abby Ellin X Linda Frankenbach

Abby Ellin X Linda Frankenbach


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African-American children and teens are at a 30% higher risk of being overweight compared to nonhispanic whites.  But because they often see extra pounds as attractive -- overweight girls and boys are often seen as "thick," "endowed," or "built" -- doctors and others concerned about the health risks of obesity can encounter resistance.  How can you convince kids and teens to take their health seriously if they don't think they have a problem in the first place?  And how to protect what is an enviable positive body image from the too-thin standards of the media?

Dr. Kemi Oguntala, the "Teen Doc," returns to talk about all of the above with her usual wit and wisdom!