The Why Obesity Study

The purpose of this study is to identify modifiable factors that are related to weight gain and development of obesity in young African American women.  The study is aimed at identifying “small steps” that can be taken to prevent or reduce adult weight gain.  Analyses will be carried out in previously collected questionnaire data from the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS).  The analyses will be restricted to women who were age 21-39 at baseline in 2009.  Factors to be assessed include consumption of soft drinks, consumption of restaurant meals, overall quality of diet, and frequency, duration, and pace of walking.


Julie R. Palmer, Sc.D., Principal Investigator
Slone Epidemiology Center

Deborah Boggs, Sc.D., Epidemiologist
Slone Epidemiology Center

Yvette Cozier, D.Sc., Epidemiologist
Slone Epidemiology Center

Patricia F. Coogan, D.Sc., Epidemiologist
Slone Epidemiology Center

Study Staff:

Jeffrey Yu, Data Analyst

Source of Funding:

Aetna Foundation

Study Period:

2011 to 2013

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