Friday, June 23, 2006

Book Reviews from Ebony Magazine and the Arizona Republic Newspaper
on my new book, "Food Choice and Obesity in Black America: Creating a New Cultural Diet."

Ebony Magazine
2006 July Issue

“The fact that African Americans are developing more weight-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cancers suggests that we are not connecting the two issues—overweight and chronic disease,” writes medical anthropologist Eric J. Bailey, author of Food Choice and Obesity in Black America: Creating a New Cultural Diet. “So we are not developing long-term solutions for these issues of overweight and obesity in our communities.” (page 80)

Arizona Republic Newspaper
June 14, 2006

“Not only is obesity more prevalent among Black Americans than other ethnic groups, Blacks also are more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And they are more likely to experience higher rates of serious complications from the disease, such as blindness, amputation and end-stage renal disease. There are many cultural reasons for the higher rates of obesity, as Bailey cites in his book, having to do not only with food but also with physical activity.”–Arizona Republic