Monday, March 05, 2001

Fit Bits

Ways to stay active and healthy


        No gap: Eating disorders are equally prevalent among African-American and white college women, say researchers from the University of Missouri.

        The study, reported in a recent issue of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, found the prevalence of eating disorders among African-American college women is consistent with that found among white college women.

        About 2 percent of the students have some type of eating disorder, and about 23 percent sometimes show symptoms of an eating disorder, say researchers Amy M. Mulholland and Laurie Mintz, an associate professor of educational and clinical psychology.

        The difference lies in the types of eating behaviors the women reported. Some African-American women interviewed for the study reported binge eating in order to intentionally gain weight — the opposite of what white women reported — because “skinny” women are considered unattractive in their culture, researchers reported.

        The study is the first to look at the prevalence of eating disorders among African-American college women. Historically, eating disorders have been considered a problem only among white people.

        The authors say the research shows a need to include African-American women in eating disorder prevention and treatment programs.

Shelf Help

        Ouch: Physical therapy guru Robin McKenzie shares his tips for treating neck and back pain in 7 Steps to a Pain-free Life: How to Rapidly Relieve Back and Neck Pain Using the McKenzie Method(Dutton; $23.95). The book includes a well-illustrated series of drawings and photos of exercises readers can use to alleviate and prevent pain.


               Cybersweat: The American Heart Association's fitness site, (, features an exercise diary, cybertrainer, fitness personality quiz and updates on heart association events. Click on the “Cyberteams” icon for forums on nutrition, motivation and specific sports and fitness activities.

Calendarp>         Outdoors: Venture off the beaten path 1:30-3 p.m. Friday at Mount Echo Park in Price Hill. Cincinnati Parks staff will lead participants through the park's various habitats. Highlights include flowering trees, migrating birds, wildflowers and early emerging insects. Information: 861-3435.

        Ommmmm: Mim Grace Geiser will lead a class in restful yoga, 10 a.m.- noon March 17 at the Mercy Holistic Health and Wellness Center in Mount Airy. Cost is $20. Call 389-5987 to register.


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