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The news that many black women battle with their weight is not new. According to the CDC, four out of five black women continue to be overweight or obese.

But why?

There have been many attempts to define the exact cause of the dilemma, and hair has always been mentioned as a major factor. But is it still the case?

According to a new study conducted by the University of Colorado School of Medicine study, it is. Although lack of self-discipline or money were also reported as barriers to exercise, issues with hairstyle maintenance was the most frequently reported barrier to regular exercise.

However, the researchers also noted a shift toward more “low-maintenance” hairstyles, which might help more women overcome these barriers to exercise.

Hair vs Health: The New Statistics  was originally published on

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