Healthy Eating among African American Women (part 1).

The eating habits of African American have been subjected to a lot of scrutiny owing to high rates of obesity or overweight issues in these women. The rate of obesity is highest in African American women compared to other women from other races in US. The statistics put the rate at four in every four women being obese in African American women. Over the years, the chances of African American women becoming obese with increased age have continued to escalate especially in comparison with non- Hispanic women. Owing to the high rate of obesity in women of African American ethnicity, these women suffer from many chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. It is a common knowledge that some of the contributory factors include eating habits. Eating factors and living style in turn are sucked in a larger matrix encompassing both intrinsic and extrinsic factors that interplay at an environmental/biological lattice. The product of this lattice is usually seen in exacerbated health risks in people of different ethnic orientation. According to Hargreaves, Schlundt & Buchowski (2002), it has been found that African American women usually have different options in terms of how they plan their meals. The interesting thing is that their planning is influenced by a number of factors such environmental, cultural and personal inclinations. On the other hand, there are usually a lot of attempts to eat healthy but they are made futile by competing factors such as high food prices and social influences (Kannan, S., Webster, et al., 2009).

A cultural Competence

Cultural competence alludes to the ability of the healthcare system to add a touch of professionalism in the delivery of health care to diverse needs of a divergent population. Cultural competence is concerned with what barriers can be broken by health professionals as opposed to implementing or making a system comply with a certain conformation. Cultural influence on healthcare cannot be dealt with professional training but rather change of perceptions that may take some time to achieve (Kumanyika, S., Whitt-Glover, et al., 2007). In addition, these influences affect treatment processes and they are very important in determining the health profile of communities. One of the challenging conditions that are because of cultural influence is obesity which comes with an added baggage of social stigma. Cultural competence has three main domains which are; Go to part 2 here.

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