The Impact of Aerobic Exercises In Reducing Obesity among African-American Adolescents
Sharon Jackson, Gladys Kimeli, and Susan Eley
The prevalence of obesity is common among African-American adolescents compared to other races. Obesity has a lingering health effect on this population, and leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hypertension. Evidence suggests the use of structured moderate to vigorous aerobic exercises for a specific duration reduces total body fat in obese African-American adolescents. Given the evidence, implementation of aerobic exercises can reduce total body fat in obese adolescents, resulting in improved health and decrease comorbidities associated with obesity. Parental involvement and safe neighborhoods should also be considered when promoting aerobic exercises among the African American population.