Hair Concerns May Discourage Exercise for Some Black Women

Survey found issues ranged from desire to maintain hairdos to scalp and breakage problems

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"This is a serious issue," he said. "Those of us who have worked in black communities have observed this for a long time, and there aren't many easy answers."

"But of the available options probably the easiest is to change one's hairstyle," said Bennett, who also serves as director of the Duke Obesity Prevention Program. "That could mean holding their hair in a ponytail. Or pulling it up into a bun style. And some women might want to try and plan to be more active at times before they're about to style their hair, and maybe less so right after it's done. Because in the end, it comes down to helping women balance their lifestyle needs with an interest in being healthy. And sometimes that requires a little bit of a trade-off."

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