The costly and timely upkeep of hairstyles may be preventing many African American women from working out.
The new study, published in the Archives of Dermatology on Dec. 17, showed about 40 percent of African-American women skip exercising because of hair issues.
“I treat a lot of African American women in our clinic and had noticed how many of them are overweight, and I wanted to know why,” Dr. Amy J. McMichael, a dermatologist at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, said in a written statement. “I’m treating them for dermatology related issues, but as a doctor this was even more concerning because excess weight puts these women at risk for hypertension, diabetes and other serious problems.”
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