Racism and childhood obesity are both pervasive factors adversely affecting the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in the United States, writes Eleanor Mackey, Ph.D., psychologist at Children’s National Hospital, and others in a recent article published by Childhood Obesity.
“The association between racism and obesity has been touched upon in the literature, yet most work has focused on a few dimensions of intersectionality of these two domains at one time,” the Mackey et al. write. “The renewed focus on structural racism as the primary contributor to distress of Black individuals in the United States has highlighted the urgency of identifying the contributions of racism to the childhood obesity epidemic.”
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