Five days a week, Carolyn Banks rises at 5 a.m., dresses and drives 22 miles to the Beulah Baptist Church Family Life Center to work out the kinks in her joints, to rev up her heart and health.
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Health impact of obesity
- More than 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight.
- People who are overweight are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high levels of blood fats, and LDL cholesterol, all risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
- In 2010, African-Americans were 70 percent less likely to engage in active physical activity as whites.
- Deaths from heart disease and stroke are almost twice the rate for African-Americans as compared to whites.
- African Americans are 1.4 times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to have high blood pressure.
- African American adults are twice as likely than non-Hispanic white adults to have been diagnosed with diabetes by a physician.
- African American adults are 60 percent more likely to have a stroke than their white adult counterparts.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health