Black women battle obesity with dialogue, action

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2012, file photo,. tlevision personality Star Jones makes an appearance to promote the national "Go Red For Women" campaign, in support of heart disease awareness, at Macy's Herald Square in New York. Jones launched a campaign that reflect an emerging trend among African American women: Finding creative ways to combat the obesity epidemic that poses a threat to their longevity. African-American women have the highest rate of obesity of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, nearly two-thirds of all Americans are in this category, the CDC said. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)Nicole Ari Parker was motivated by frustration. For Star Jones, it was a matter of life or death. Toni Carey wanted a fresh start after a bad breakup.

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