According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 10 leading causes of death in the African American community are:
- Heart Disease
- Unintentional Injuries
- Nephritis, Nephrotic syndrome, and Nephrosis
- Chronic lower respiratory disease
The good news is that several of the above conditions can be prevented by regular exercise and maintaining a healthy diet!
Death Rates – African American Community (1980 & 2007)
|Cause of Death||1980||2007|
|Nephritis, Nephrotic syndrome, and Nephrosis||3,416||8,392|
Life Expectancy Rates at birth – African American vs. Whites
|African American Male||63.8 yrs||72.5 yrs|
|White Male||70.7 yrs||78.1 yrs|
|African American Female||64.5 yrs||73.6 yrs|
|White Female||72.7 yrs||79.4 yrs|
Healthy Weight/Overweight/Obesity Rates – African Americans (20 years and older)
|Male – Healthy Weight||46.6%||26.6%|
|Female – Healthy Weight||35.0%||19.3%|
|Male – Overweight||51.3%||71.8%|
|Female – Overweight||62.6%||79.1%|
|Male – Obese||16.5%||37.7%|
|Female – Obese||31.0%||51.8%|
Obesity Rates – African American children and adolescents (2-19 yrs)
|Male (2-5 yrs)||7.7%||13.8%|
|Female (2-5 yrs)||7.6%||14.2%|
|Female (6-11 yrs)||11.2%||21.3%|
|Male (12-19 yrs)||6.1%||19.1%|
|Female (12-19 yrs)||10.7%||29.5%|
Hypertension Rate – African Americans (20 years and older)
|*Controlled / Uncontrolled||1988-1994||2005-2008|
|Male / Controlled||37.5%||41.4%|
|Female / Controlled||38.3%||44.4%|
|Male / Uncontrolled||84.0%||70.6%|
|Female / Uncontrolled||71.1%||51.5%|
*Hypertension and or taking anti-hypertensive medication
Statistics show that we need to take our health and fitness seriously. Far too many American Americans die each year from preventable diseases.
The biggest weapon in fighting 50% of what kills us is simply diet and exercise. We need to stop this trend!
Make the choice today to exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet. 30 minutes per day is all it takes to help decrease your chances of being diagnosed with one of the five diseases listed above. That’s it, only 30 minutes out of a 24 hour day.
Choose today to live a healthier life for you, your family and friends!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Health, united states, 2010: Black of african american population. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus/black.htm#deaths
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009). Black or african american population Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/minorityhealth/populations/REMP/black.html#10