Presenter: Loneke T. Blackman Carr, PhD, RD
Affiliation: University of Connecticut
Presenter Bio: Dr. Blackman Carr is an Assistant Professor of Community and Public Health Nutrition at the University of Connecticut. Her expertise is in behavioral weight control interventions and obesity health disparities. She develops and evaluates interventions that leverage social relationships to improve weight loss and related diet and physical activity behavior change. She has been a registered dietitian for over a decade and focuses much of her work on the health of Black women.
Webinar description: Disparities in obesity prevalence and weight loss treatment affecting Black women persist. This is a barrier to realizing improved health risk and outcomes in weight-related conditions like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Black women’s provision of care to family and non-kin networks may be a barrier to achieving weight control. Examining the multiple caregiver role, a sociocultural factor, among Black women engaged in a behavioral weight loss intervention may indicate the role of such context on behavior change and weight. In this talk, Dr. Blackman Carr will discuss her work and insights surrounding Black women’s caregiving on dietary and physical activity behaviors and weight while pursuing weight loss. The webinar will also indicate potential directions for future efforts to address obesity and improve weight loss in treatment-seeking Black women.