Health Over Hair: Doctor suggests addressing barrier for African American women
A new study by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found hairstyles can be a major barrier to exercising for many African American women, and health care providers are not addressing the issue.
One of the major drawbacks of exercising for many women is that perspiration can ruin a time-intensive and costly hairstyle. Some women skip exercise because one sweaty workout can undo it all.
But one of the authors of the study, Dr. Sophia Tolliver, wants other clinicians to help combat high rates of obesity by addressing this barrier to exercise with patients.
"If they don't have those specific conversations, we're not doing everything that we can to decrease this barrier and really help African American women at the heart of what they feel might be holding them back," she says.
Tolliver says it is also important for the patient to take charge of their health. She suggests more active friendly hairstyles that aren't ruined by moisture.
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