Navigation Links
Racial and ethnic stereotypes may contribute to obesity among minorities
Date:8/25/2014

Many Americans need extraordinary willpower to avoid becoming obese or to slim down if they already weigh too much. For members of minority groups, maintaining a healthy weight can be that much harder according to new research led by Luis Rivera, an experimental social psychologist at Rutgers University-Newark.

Rivera says it is common for minorities in the United States to endure negative stereotypes, pervasive messages that suggest those groups are inferior, and that these attitudes can prevent people from doing what is needed to care for their health.

"When you are exposed to negative stereotypes, you may gravitate more toward unhealthy foods as opposed to healthy foods," explains Rivera, whose study appears in this summer's edition of the Journal of Social Issues. "You may have a less positive attitude toward watching your carbs or cutting back on fast food, and toward working out and exercising."

Rivera says the resulting difference in motivation may help explain at least in part higher rates of obesity in the United States among members of minority groups than among whites.

Rivera found that Latinos he studied were significantly more likely than whites to agree that negative stereotypes commonly used to describe Hispanics applied to them. The result suggested to Rivera that "somewhere in their heads they are making the connection that the stereotype is Latino, I am Latino, and therefore I am the stereotype."

Hispanics in the study who strongly self-stereotyped were more than three times as likely to be overweight or obese as those who did not. The data suggest that self-stereotypes diminish self-esteem and therefore the motivation that might have helped them follow a healthier lifestyle.

Rivera says demeaning stereotypes come from many sources. For instance, he says, television and other mass media frequently carry harmful messages, such as Latinos are lazy or Latinos are unintelligent. "A
'/>"/>

Contact: Robert Forman
robert.forman@rutgers.edu
973-972-7276
Rutgers University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Virginia Tech adjunct and colleagues refute a study on racial bias report in NIH awards
2. Parental disapproval contributes to racial/ethnic differences in prescription drug misuse by teens
3. Scientists find ethnicity linked to antibodies
4. Scientists discover ethnic differences in immune response to TB bacterium
5. HIV medications dialogue differs by race, ethnicity
6. Fathers ethnic background influences birthweight, study finds
7. Analysis of the Chinese facial profile: Contours of the side face in the Tu & Zang ethnic minorities
8. High levels of TRAIL protein in breast milk might contribute to anticancer activity
9. Breast-fed babies gut microbes contribute to healthy immune systems
10. Beetle-infested pine trees contribute more to air pollution and haze in forests
11. 23andMe contributes to genetic discoveries related to male pattern baldness
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/17/2014)... , Dec. 15, 2014 The ... make it easier to detect and prevent counterfeit ... Today the agency started performing an in-house ... will validate the authenticity of purchased microcircuits while ... new quality control measures will be conducted at ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... RALEIGH, N.C. , Dec. 16, 2014 ... has licensed its PerformTek biometric technology to industry leaders ... their highly accurate, clinically validated, biometric wearable products. These ... January 6-9 in Las Vegas . ... the technology is accurate, flexible and robust – with ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Dec. 16, 2014  Automation is fundamentally transforming ... evident than at international borders. Over the past ... have allowed veteran travelers to self process through ... (APC) Kiosks at an increasing number of airports, ... According to Maxine Most , ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Defense Logistics Agency Launches DNA Marking Capability to Strengthen Microcircuit Supply Chain 2Defense Logistics Agency Launches DNA Marking Capability to Strengthen Microcircuit Supply Chain 3Valencell PerformTek Biometrics Power the Most Accurate Wearables at CES 2015 2Automated Border Control (ABC) Transforms the Global Travel Experience With More Than 2500 ABC eGates and APC Kiosks Deployed In Airports, Seaports, and Land Borders Worldwide 2
... mothers who have allergies or asthma have an increased risk of ... before 6 months of age. This is shown in a ... (MoBa) at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH). ... from MoBa. Approximately 25 percent of these children took part ...
... is available in French . , ... Management, the private bankers Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & ... at EPFL dedicated to sustainable development. The chair is ... fundamental and social sciences in the environmental domain. ...
... professor of molecular medicine Victor R. Ambros, PhD, ... world of investigation into developmental biology, will receive ... the most prestigious in science. Dr. Ambros shares ... of genetics at Harvard Medical School, with whom ...
Cached Biology News:Possible link between baby swimming and breathing problems in children 2EPFL Research Day 2008, in the presence of Al Gore 2EPFL Research Day 2008, in the presence of Al Gore 3UMass Medical School researcher Victor Ambros receives Gairdner Award, Franklin Medal 2UMass Medical School researcher Victor Ambros receives Gairdner Award, Franklin Medal 3
(Date:12/17/2014)... (PRWEB) December 17, 2014 Gene ... that it has entered into a technology access ... (ADM) to apply DNA2.0’s proprietary protein engineering technology, ... process. , “We are extremely excited that the ... platform. This proprietary bioengineering technology has now ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. , Dec. 17, ... positive results of a Phase 2 study evaluating ... for the treatment of patients with severe, chronic ... the current standard of care, including topical steroids ... endpoint was percent change in Visual Analog Scale ...
(Date:12/15/2014)...  GlassesOff Inc. (OTCBB: GLSO) announced today the appointment ... director of the Company,s Board of Directors. ... its CEO until its acquisition by Stanley Black ... Recognized as the inventor of the first Wi-Fi-based Active ... -based RFID solutions focused on improving operational efficiency, safety ...
(Date:12/13/2014)... (PRWEB) December 12, 2014 Clarassance, a ... announced its new name: Therabron Therapeutics , Inc. ... and bronchioles (a type of structure in the lungs ... company’s mission to develop novel protein therapeutics for the ... directors decided to change the name to mark the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:ADM and DNA2.0 Enter Into Protein Engineering Technology Access and Service Agreement 2Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 2Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 3Velocity Pharmaceutical Development, LLC and Tigercat Pharma, Inc. Announce Phase 2 Results for VPD-737 in Patients With Chronic Pruritus 4AeroScout Founder Joins GlassesOff's Board of Directors 2AeroScout Founder Joins GlassesOff's Board of Directors 3Maryland-based Biotech Company's Path Forward in Treating Respiratory Diseases Sparks Name Change 2
... 3 Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT ... Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) presented Prof. Alison Ashcroft of ... Hites Award for Outstanding Research Publication in the ... (JASMS). Prof. Ashcroft,s paper titled, Monitoring Copopulated ...
... Million Bridge Facility to Haemacure , , ... (NASDAQ: ANPI , TSX: ANP), a ... the completion of a collaboration transaction with Haemacure ... certain of Haemacure,s proprietary fibrin and thrombin technologies, ...
... Regulation with GP531 Improves the Heart,s Pumping Function in Dogs ... June 3 PeriCor Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that positive ... in a poster presentation by Hani N. Sabbah, Ph.D., at ... study was funded by PeriCor Therapeutics, Inc. and conducted by ...
Cached Biology Technology:First ASMS Hites Award for Outstanding Research Publication Presented to Prof. Alison Ashcroft for Her Use of Waters Synapt HDMS System to Explore Protein Complexes 2First ASMS Hites Award for Outstanding Research Publication Presented to Prof. Alison Ashcroft for Her Use of Waters Synapt HDMS System to Explore Protein Complexes 3Angiotech Enters License, Distribution and Supply Agreements for Fibrin and Thrombin Technologies with Haemacure Corporation 2Angiotech Enters License, Distribution and Supply Agreements for Fibrin and Thrombin Technologies with Haemacure Corporation 3Angiotech Enters License, Distribution and Supply Agreements for Fibrin and Thrombin Technologies with Haemacure Corporation 4Angiotech Enters License, Distribution and Supply Agreements for Fibrin and Thrombin Technologies with Haemacure Corporation 5Angiotech Enters License, Distribution and Supply Agreements for Fibrin and Thrombin Technologies with Haemacure Corporation 6PeriCor Therapeutics Reports Positive Preclinical Results of GP531 at the European Heart Failure Congress in Nice 2PeriCor Therapeutics Reports Positive Preclinical Results of GP531 at the European Heart Failure Congress in Nice 3
... Versatile state of the Art GLP ... to dual 38,000 L fermentation. ... to production. Aseptic operation capable ... Fed-Batch, and Continuous Modes. Hosts ...
... 200 g of lyophilized peptide derived from ... acids 380-402; GLTPSAWEASSLRSSRHSGLSHF. This peptide ... of Cayman's EP1 receptor polyclonal antibody (Catalog ... conjunction with this antibody to block protein-antibody ...
Anti-ZFP200 Family: Zinc Finger Peptide Sequence: CGKSFNHKTNLNKHER...
Complete cell culture media with cytokines...
Biology Products: