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Publications [#356393] of William A. Darity

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  1. Bentley-Edwards, KL; Robbins, PA; Blackman Carr, LT; Smith, IZ; Conde, E; Darity, WA, Denominational Differences in Obesity Among Black Christian Adults: Why Gender and Life Stage Matter, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, vol. 60 no. 3 (September, 2021), pp. 498-515 [doi]
    (last updated on 2021/11/27)

    Religiosity is a potential social determinant of obesity risk among black Americans, a group that tends to be highly religious and disproportionately suffers from this disease. Although religious engagement differs within this group, researchers often classify black Protestants into broad categories, making it challenging to determine which subgroups experience the worst outcomes. Using data from the National Survey of American Life, this study investigated whether black adults from various Christian denominations had comparable odds of having obesity and if these findings were consistent across life stage (i.e., young, middle, and late adulthood). Results suggest that for middle-aged Pentecostal women, and men and women who attend church most frequently, the odds of having obesity were comparably higher than their respective counterparts. These findings indicate that, even when denominational consolidation is appropriate in other religious research contexts, researchers should consider diaggregating black Christians by denomination when examining the relationship between religion and health.

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