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Perceptions of changes in weight among African American breast cancer survivors.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15937868     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Although African American breast cancer survivors are most likely to gain weight following diagnosis and treatment compared to women from other ethnic groups, limited information is available on psychological and behavioral reactions to weight change in this population. OBJECTIVES: To explore perceptions and reactions to weight change in African American breast cancer survivors. METHODOLOGY: A parallel mixed methods approach was used to explore experiences with and reactions to weight change following breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Participants were 16 short- and long-term African American breast cancer survivors. RESULTS: Nine out of 16 participants gained weight following diagnosis and treatment and most participants were concerned about these changes. Most participants were also interested in diet and exercise programs; however, a holistic and common sense approach to diet and physical activity emerged as key themes. CONCLUSIONS: Although prior reports have found that African American women in the general population report a greater tolerance for larger body sizes, most participants in this study were concerned about changes in their weight and were actively trying to minimize weight gain. Several themes emerged regarding physical activity and dietary behaviors; overall, participants described a holistic and practical approach to these behaviors.
Benita Weathers; Frances K Barg; Aliya Collier; Chanita Hughes Halbert
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psycho-oncology     Volume:  15     ISSN:  1057-9249     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychooncology     Publication Date:  2006 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-02-07     Completed Date:  2006-06-28     Revised Date:  2010-03-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9214524     Medline TA:  Psychooncology     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  174-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
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MeSH Terms
African Americans / statistics & numerical data*
Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology,  mortality*
Disease-Free Survival
Energy Intake
Middle Aged
Motor Activity
Obesity / epidemiology*
Survivors / psychology*
Weight Loss*
Grant Support
P60MD0002909-01/MD/NCMHD NIH HHS

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