STUDY: African Americans’ Concept Of Health May Be More Than Physical

black churchSelf-rated health—or, a person’s perception of their own health—has been shown to be a strong predictor of illness and even death. A new study in the journal Ethnicity and Disease finds that African-Americans with poorer self-rated health tend to be overweight or obese, engage in less physical activity, and have poorer diets.

But another, unexpected finding is that many African Americans with serious chronic health problems rate their health as good or even excellent.

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“Self-rated health hasn’t been studied very much in African Americans,” lead study author Meghan Baruth, Ph.D., of the University of South Carolina explained.