U.S. Blacks Suffer Disproportionately from Chronic Conditions

Dan Witters and Jade Wood, Gallup, December 26, 2014

Older Americans generally are more likely than their younger counterparts to be obese, with the rate peaking in middle age and then declining around retirement age. But for blacks in particular, obesity rates show even greater differences by age group. Between the ages of 18 to 29 and 45 to 64, blacks’ obesity rate ticks up 21 percentage points, compared with 16 points for Hispanics, 15 points for whites and five points for Asians.

Overall, in Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data captured from Jan. 2, 2013 through Aug. 8, 2014, 27% of Americans are obese. Across the four major racial and ethnic groups, blacks have the highest obesity rate (35%) and Asians have the lowest (9%)–a pattern that has been consistent over time.

These results are based on interviews with more than 272,000 Americans conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. {snip}


Unlike obesity rates, which hit their peak in middle age and then decrease among those older than 65, hypertension continues to be significantly more common among seniors. Young Americans start out on a relatively even playing field in terms of hypertension, with similar, very low, rates across all 18- to 29-year-olds. But by middle age, nearly half of blacks report having hypertension–roughly double the rates of Asians and Hispanics in the same age group. An even higher 70% of retirement-age blacks have or are being treated for high blood pressure, significantly greater than the rates seen for all other groups.


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  • DaveMed

    There are undoubtedly hereditary factors that contribute to their higher rates of obesity, but I’m inclined to assign more weight to socioeconomic factors here.

    • LexiconD1

      EBT doesn’t give you unlimited amounts of money to buy decent food, not that they would anyway…

      • SentryattheGate

        Food stamps used to cover basic foods only, not soda, chips, ice cream, etc. And that was BEFORE UPC/computerized pricing, so making certain foods off limits to EBT would be easier nowadays! Most blacks choose high-calorie, high fat foods. And they are much less likely to exercise than other groups, resulting in their very-high diabetes 2 rates (costing 2.5 times the healthcare of non-diabetics). Amren had an article a while back about black women not wanting to exercise and therefore sweat, kinking up their straightened hair. This is another reason that whites are tired of paying for black irresponsibility!

        • LexiconD1

          Oh, I know what food stamps cover. I’m a former grocery salesman and merchandiser. I worked in South Central Los Angeles. Want to know an open secrete? Prices for staple foods are more expensive in lower economic neighborhoods than they are in middle class areas. Why? Store theft. Until I worked in those areas, I never saw stores lock up, behind glass cases, baby formula, diapers, baby medicines, razors/shaving cream…for god sake, they locked up 99 cent shampoos, too.

          Never experienced ordering fast food, or shopping at a liquor store through plexiglass either, until working SCLA.

          It’s cheaper, in those areas to buy your ‘family’ crap, you stretch out your EBT that way. Not that I want to give them more, I don’t. Frankly, the kids eat breakfast and lunch, as well as an afternoon snack at school, so really, they don’t need too much (because I don’t’ care if the ‘parent(s)’ get feed.)

          • SentryattheGate

            Interesting! My state’s schools now serve breakfast and lunches during the summer! I think it’s nationwide? And the push is on for backpacks of food to be sent home for the weekends!

          • LexiconD1

            It is nation wide, only most welfare students do not show up for food during the summer, especially, the bussed kids. My school system uses an id number to pay for food from accounts (whether your kid uses welfare or the parents pay out of pocket.) It does not transfer schools. I don’t know about weekend packages, but I’d say “NO” to that. Why if their parents are getting food stamps via EBT? It’s not to feed the adults in the house, plus any kid under 5 is eligible for WIC, that does pay for things like milk, juice, eggs, cereal, and other staples children need.

            Nope, my family never used food stamps either. They’d have been set on fire first before using them. Lucky, my grandfather garden a lot. So we always had plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, even if we didn’t have meat. Which we, for the most part, always did. We were not rich, but we could buy pretty much what we wanted. I’m in my forties, so before the health craze, which helped raise food prices, exponentially.

            Being a nurse, you need to know how welfare works, well at least until I started doing research, and now not stuck around patients too much, anymore.

            Your Dad was a telephone lineman, and you guys were poor? My Mom was a supervisor for the phone company, and those guys made bank when she worked there, and she only retired five years ago…

          • When we were struggling a bit, I ran the area out of rabbits. I shot those with a cheap Crosman air rifle, preferring a quartering shot from behind. I also once knocked a deer down with a thrown rock. We ate that one, too. I only wanted it to stay away from the garden, and didn’t mean to kill it. Nobody was watching, so I picked it up across my shoulders and carried it home. We later boiled the bones to make soup stock.

          • LexiconD1

            MMMM, sounds delicious.

          • Venison is a bit lean and tough, but that’s what marinades (or a night in a slow-cooker) are for.

          • SentryattheGate

            My Dad was a Bell Telephone lineman during the 50’s & 60’s, while Bell was a monopoly(therefore no competition for better wages). Dad learned the skills while in the Army, rewiring bombed out Europe. He met my mother, a German Catholic Holocaust survivor, in Germany. He was the son of poor, yet wonderful, self-sufficient Ozark farmers. Between mom and dad, they knew how to be economical! Our meat was usually whatever got caught in the traps!

          • LexiconD1

            My Dad was raised in the Ozarks. My Mother is a legal immigrant, from Greece (she came in the early 40s with my grandparents.)

            Your posts indicate you’re older than I, but we had similar upbringings.

          • rebelcelt

            But, your family had a father that worked long and hard and stuck around. Big difference.

          • John R

            Excuses, excuses. So blacks can’t buy healthy food? But they have money for the liquor, right? And they don’t exercise? Funny, I see lots of strong looking black men doing diamond pushups all the time. They just like the “macho” kinds of exercise. (Something Whites should do more of, too. But that’s another story.)

          • LexiconD1

            I, and pretty much anyone with eyes, see far far more FAT sows and pigs than those YOU are posting about. Get real…

          • Cooking meals from fresh ingredients is cheaper than buying “convenience” food, and cookbooks are cheap at used bookstores (we get one free most years from Costco as well). Heck, public libraries also have cookbooks; when I wanted to reverse-engineer laksa after my return from Australia, I got a Malay cookbook on interlibrary loan and spent about 50 cents on photocopies. Good Mexican food is cheap and easy. Wikipedia has links to recipes from all over the world, and the first ten pages of printing each day at the libraries here is free.

          • LexiconD1

            Oh you don’t have to tell me. I’m one of those ‘horders’ who back stocks, so I’m always cooking from scratch to rotate my stores. Being from CA, I also have Hispanic, and Asian, ingredients stocked, as well. I’m now in the process of teaching my, very reluctant, son how to cook from scratch, but he’s not being very receptive.

            I should have done what my Mother did…She signed me up for cooking classes at 12, then have me make the family dinners for next 10 years. My mistake.

            My Mom, and I, made everything from scratch for Christmas…She loved I had everything on hand, and didn’t have to run to the store to buy it. No crowds for us. Christmas cookies, cheesecake, cinnamon rolls, Cornish Gamehens filled with sausage stuffing, mac and cheese, rolls.

            Easiest way to look up a recipe…internet. I found an old recipe I’d long ago lost that way.

          • John R

            Thank you. This “They eat unhealthy because they are poor” is just another one of the many excuses blacks use for their behavior.

    • Tarczan

      It’s hereditary all right, they don’t have the brains to worry about their body mass index or the fact that their HDL is too low

      And they sure aren’t going to engage in aerobic exercise to lower it.

  • superlloyd

    Stop guzzling the fried chicken and McDonalds and do some work then you just might end up healthier if you quit the drugs, too.

    • TomIron361

      you’re mean…

      • SentryattheGate

        Mean? I think people that have self-inflicted health problems and expect others to pay, are mean!

        • Expecting others to pay was the entire point to Oogaboogacare.

          • Alexandra1973

            Yep. Scarf down the junk, get sick/disabled, then let someone else pick up the tab for your own irresponsibility.

          • LHathaway

            Or feed them as high fat diet as toddlers with tons of sugar hidden in drinks to go along with it, enough to blow out the pancreas of a rhinocerous, and then watch as the badasses become helpless wards of the state.

          • John R

            “…enough to blow out the pancreas of a rhinoceros”! Hey, can I use that one?

          • LHathaway

            Sure, but I can’t help but feel you jest. I’m always slow to realize I’m being insulted. Then I feel dumb about that. I kind of doubt you’ll be having any conversation about pancreases soon, but sure.

          • John R

            No, you were not being insulted. And I think I will use that in my next conversation about welfare and irresponsible behavior. I don’t generally insult people; at least not on THIS site! There are plenty of other people on other sites who are far more worthy of being insulted. Sorry if there was a misunderstanding.

          • LHathaway

            It’s hard to blame them. ‘Awareness’ helps a little bit. What baby or toddler does not like cool-aide more than milk or water? What parent doesn’t want to make them happy? What adult doesn’t want to satisfy their urges or cravings, what person? I guess to insult whoever ‘them’ might be, they are so proud of their cooking. . . .

          • That was a very good one; it had me chuckling for quite some minutes.

          • The late Eric Garner doesn’t seem to have been going hungry.

    • DaveMed

      Those do play large roles.

      Black patients may also be less compliant than White ones, which makes a large difference in chronic disease.

      For example: http://www(dot)ncbi.nlm.nih(dot)gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736077/

      • Kenner

        And choke holds.

  • U.S. Blacks Suffer Disproportionately from Chronic Conditions

    They spelled “stupidity” wrong in the last word.

  • Who Me?

    Calories are units of heat that deliver energy to the body. If you put more calories in, you have to move more and use them up, or you are going to get fatter. It really is just that simple. You can eat all you want to, but you are going to have to use those calories up, or they ARE going to settle on your rump and belly.

  • But… but… but dey be lovin’ dat McDamage! Dey gots ta be eatin’ dat, gnome sayin’? As a field trip for fellow AmRenners, I suggest an eyes-open expedition to the local supermarket. How many blacks do you see buying fresh produce? Even with EBT “SNAP” cards, I don’t see that, and I have also never once seen one buy a 50-pound bag of rice or a big sack of potatoes. They eat processed, salty “convenience” garbage, and now the poor rapists and thieves are sick. Boo, hoo, hoo!

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      Thanks for the suggestion. However, I lived most of my life in a constant “field trip”. Where I live now, the only vibrant diversity in the grocery store is the red, green and yellow peppers.

      • We grow peppers year-round here: a hybrid of bell and jalapenos. These are relatively big, but still spicy. The plant sits in Ariadne’s bedroom window, which faces south. I also dry out the stems, cores and seeds and grind those as a spice. This is good with drained sauerkraut as a kimchi substitute. How many North American blacks grow their own veggies? The soil here is a nasty mixture of sand and volcanic clay, but we fertilize it with kitchen scraps: coffee grounds, tea lees, fruit and vegetable peels and the like. They get freeze-dried in a bucket in the garage during the winters, and I bury it all each May.

        I doubt blacks do this, either. They’re too busy obsessing about $200 “afawete” shoes and trousers that don’t fit them.

        • IstvanIN

          You manage to grow peppers in a window in the winter? wow. I have an incredibly sunny south face facing window and was never really successful.

          • Reynardine

            I would suggest placing foil behind the plants, so as to reflect more sunlight on them. It looks trashy, but it works.

        • PvtCharlieSlate

          BTW & really OT: since I’ve moved to the Northwest, I haven’t been able to find any real, imported Polish sauerkraut. Any suggestion?

          • SentryattheGate

            My mother, being German, could not tolerate the sauerkraut here in the US. She would fry some onions (maybe some bacon too) add the canned or jar of sauerkraut, then grate in some potato and apple. Great with bratwurst!

          • ElComadreja

            My mother (born in Bremerhaven) did the same.

          • HE2

            I rinse the kraut first, otherwise, do the same thing, add grated potato, apple chopped finely, bacon fat, some dark brown sugar and apple cider vinegar with long, slow bake, the wurst in at the last.
            My grandmother, who makes her own, keeps a barrel full of brined ‘kraut year round in the root cellar.
            She and her six sisters get together once a year for cabbage chopping.
            You will never see as much cabbage outside a ‘kraut factory. These girls lay it on.

          • SentryattheGate

            It brings a smile to my face; the sauerkraut recipe and the seven sisters!

          • HE2

            These are otherwise powerful, accomplished women, Sentry, each sits with a brimming tub of cabbage heads at her feet.
            Quite a picture.

        • Reynardine

          I have a south-facing 2nd-story apartment, and I manage to grow a few crops of various veggies over the spring and summer. With the square-foot gardening method, it’s rather easy. In the winter, I grow a windowsill herb garden.

          To save money on liquor, I brew my own beer and wine during the winter as well.

          I have never heard of blacks doing anything like this. Brewing your own liquor or gardening means lots of waiting, which is completely beyond black ken.

          • Home-brewing hard cider is very easy. For five gallons, I use 12 cans of frozen fruit juice concentrate (the cheap “Great Value” brand at Wal Mart has no preservatives, and is thus perfect), three pounds of sugar and a packet of Lalvin V-1116 wine yeast. It comes out at about 10% alcohol and costs about $3 a gallon to make. Mixed ciders are great; one of my favorites is apple-lime, made with 8 cans of apple juice and 4 cans of limeade concentrate. I also make a batch of cranberry cider every year at Christmastime.

          • Reynardine

            I do enjoy ciders as well, especially as they can mature in as little as 1-3 months, whereas with wines it’s usually a year or better. I use fresh local Kansas cider or Missouri apples, and it makes a world of difference. I prefer ale yeasts for my cider, as they take on a beerier note, or if the must is significantly sugary, I opt for a pasteur campagne yeast (I like Red Star’s). I recently completed a cider for Christmas that had lots of additional spices and came out to about 8%.

            That’s an interesting thought with the frozen fruit juice concentrate. I should try your mixed cider recipe sometime, I think I have a packet of V-1116 or D-47 in my fridge.

    • Reynardine

      If we wuzn’t supposta eat da junk food, why did whitey make it taste so good?

      • ElComadreja

        Just another way for whitey to keep the bruthas down.

  • Luca

    Honest Headlines We’d Like to See:

    U.S. Blacks Suffer Disproportionately from Low IQ and Lack of Impulse Control.

    • Michael Mason

      That’d be the day.

  • dd121

    I’ll have to take Mr. Witters word for it. I’m never in association with those people.

  • RacialRay

    Like all flawed studies on bad behaviors and outcomes, these Gallup results are based on self-reporting. You can bet that the reality is probably worse than these findings indicate, at least among the demographic with a notable aversion to telling ‘da troof’.

  • Pathfinder75

    File this post under the “Reasons NOT to engage in miscegenation” category.

  • Archibald_Cunningham

    …obesity rates, which hit their peak in middle age and then decrease among those older than 65…

    That’s because obese people of any race rarely make it past 65. Obese people in their 70s and 80s are a rare sight. Have some discipline and self-control my friends. Don’t be obese.

  • TomIron361

    Blacks are like children all their lives. They have no capacity to take care of themselves.

    • SentryattheGate

      Just as Nobel prize winner Albert Schweitzer summed it up, after ~50 years spent in Africa.

    • John R

      Yes, that is about a perfect summary. They are emotionally children. That is why they are so dangerous: They throw adult sized temper tantrums.

  • John Smith

    Near-retardation is pretty much the normal state of being for most of them. I’m sure all these conditions help justify them not working, but then you consider what kind of work you’d get out of them if they did and you’d gladly pay them to stay away from the workplace.

  • Reynardine

    Black Lives Matter… except when that involves changing their diet.

  • A Freespeechzone

    I honestly don’t give a crap…..

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  • bilderbuster

    More White tax dollars wasted on medical care by Blacks who don’t take care of themselves.
    We give them money for food and they use it to buy sludge to eat.
    They really are a cancer on White civilization.

    • ElComadreja

      What they really crave is “bushmeat”.

  • John R

    I guess if you have a low IQ and don’t think about taking care of your health, you will eat a lot of unhealthy foods and put on weight. In addition, I guess if you walk around with a chip on your shoulder and are always looking at the world as out to get you, then you will develop hypertension. Just my theory.

    • They’ve also allowed themselves to be convinced that a steady diet of fried fast food is a healthy lifestyle. Obesity kills some 350,000 people per year in the United States, or a thousand times the number of “yoofs” who are fatally shot by police.

      • ElComadreja

        Let them keep shoveling it down their throats. The more of them that become “good” the better.

  • SimplyFred

    Blacks eat too much and exercise not at all as a calculated means of working the system. They want welfare for life, and EBT cards with a $10,000.00 a day limit. They do not want to work.

  • Guest

    they could cut a little bit on the fried chicken and just stay with the watermelon

  • kury

    they could cut a little bit on the fried chicken and just stick with the watermelon

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      or collards and remove the ham hocks.

  • KyraNelson

    What’s wrong with my tablet? I couldn’t see the part where it’s All Whitey’s Fault Somehow. Isn’t it because I looked cross eyed at a black person on the #10 bus in 1998?

  • SaggyGenes

    Blacks ARE a chronic condition that WE suffer from.

  • Vito Powers

    Isn’t “healthy eating” a “white thing”? The Negro mind just won’t accept any compliance with white norms of behavior.

    Singing, dancing, and fornicating is all they seem to know.