Obesity and Cancer: Epidemiology in Racial/Ethnic Minorities

  • Colleen Doyle
Part of the Energy Balance and Cancer book series (EBAC, volume 2)


Overweight and obesity continue to be major public health concerns in the United States and increasingly, throughout the world [1]. Obesity is the nation’s fastest rising public health problem and has become the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, second only to tobacco use [1]. Obesity rates among US adults increased by more than 75% between 1991 and 2006, and rates doubled in children and tripled in teens over the past 20 years. While obesity rates have increased dramatically among most of the population, particular racial, ethnic, and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups have experienced disproportionate increases in the prevalence of overweight and obesity over this time [2]. This chapter will explore the differences in these trends, discuss implications for cancer prevention and control, examine contributing factors and review potential strategies for positively influencing overweight and obesity trends among all population groups.


Obesity Rate Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System African American Resident Enjoyable Physical Activity Lower Obesity Rate 
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  1. 1.Nutrition and Physical ActivityAmerican Cancer SocietyOklahoma CityUSA

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