African-American Women Avoiding Workouts for Sake of Hair reports Palm Beach Salon
One third of the women surveyed steered clear of sweating to preserve hairstyle
Researchers noted that two of every five women of African-American descent stated they would avoid exercise specifically based upon the concern of their current hair. Researchers stated that it is a concerning sign given the United State's obesity epidemic.
"As an African-American woman, I have that problem, and my friends have that problem. So I wondered if my patients had that problem," said Dr. Amy McMichael, the study's senior researcher and a dermatologist at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Both McMichael and her colleagues published their findings in the Archives of Dermatology on Monday, and stated hair care is both tedious, and costly for African American women already. The new added concern of lacking focus on health is just the newest concern.
Rochelle Mosley, who owns a Salon 804 in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem stated that her African American clients often come in once a week in order to get hair straightened. These visits cost nearly $40 per session.
She noted that they may may not wash their hair more than once a week in order to keep the hairstyle, and may do what they can to avoid sweating due to the want to keep that style intact.
In 2007, Wake Forest researchers surveyed over 100 African-American women in order to determine if the demographic was putting their haircare over health.
The survey exposed that over 50% of the women exercised less than 75 minutes each week. That total is under the average per-week marker that is recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services, which recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercises per week.
The tally also falls below the U.S. Women's average. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average for women was closer to the 150 minute per week average that was recommended.
More than one quarter of the women surveyed did not exercise at all. Nearly a third exercised under the weekly minimum due specifically to the effect on their hairstyle.
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