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By: Victor Trammell
The health care struggles of African-American children was the subject of a recent study by the Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Tamara Hannon(a practicing endocrinologist) and her colleagues conducted research for a recent study by the school. They analyzed what factors race played in the issue of childhood obesity.
More than 800 children were analyzed and the findings showed that African-American children had a higher overall body mass index (BMI). The study also found that black children had a higher systolic blood pressure percentile than whites. The researchers further controlled when it came to age and BMI.
The study comprised of 821 obese children under the age of 18 (306 boys and 515 girls). The group contained 362 blacks and 459 whites. The mean age was 11 and the mean BMI was 36 kg/m2.