Blacks & Obesity: What Are Today’s Statistics?

    Clearly, obesity is currently a significant problem within the African American community that will continue to affect the overall health status of African Americans for years to come. Steps must be taken to control the problem, such as through promoting increased physical activity and following a more healthy diet. Your healthcare professional will be better able to assist you in your favorable lifestyle choices with implementation of the Affordable Care Act, (ACA). With full implementation of ACA, preventative care and pre-existing conditions will receive appropriate attention and you will be better able to take pre-emptive action in halting, reversing and reducing the effects of these illnesses on your life and the lives of your loved ones.

    By William D. Ritchie, BDO Mental Health Expert

    William Richie, MD, FAPA is a board certified Forensic and General Psychiatrist who has provided psychiatric and forensic services in a wide variety of settings. After receiving a combined B.A/M.D degree from the University of Missouri in 1983, Dr. Richie completed his psychiatry residency training at Howard University in 1990. In additional to clinical duties, Dr. Richie has publications, national and international lectures and seminars, has media appearances and provided expert testimony in both civil and criminal forensic cases throughout the United States. Dr. Richie is committed to providing high quality mental health services to the community and the training aspiring psychiatrists.

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