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Poll: Black Women are Happier with their Bodies
March 08, 2012
A new poll finds that even though many black women are heavier than their white counterparts, they also appear to have higher levels of self-esteem.
The poll -- conducted by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation -- revealed that nearly all African American women rate living a healthy lifestyle as a very important priority, higher than for white women. But two-thirds said they eat fast food at least once a week and almost half describe themselves as being overweight.
According to the poll, 28 percent of black women said that being physically attractive is "very important," compared with 11 percent of white women. White women were more likely than black women to say that being attractive was "somewhat important."