The study reported here examined the knowledge and perceptions of community leaders on overweight and obesity in two racially different counties. Data were collected from 126 individuals, including clergy, physicians, grocery store managers, school administrators, nurses, nutritionists, and university faculty and staff. Statistically significant differences were observed when community leaders were grouped according to race. Additionally, over 90% of community leaders were knowledgeable about obesity. Leaders associated obesity with high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. This article provides insights that can be useful for planning and implementing programs on obesity prevention and reduction.
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Dawkins, N. L., McMickens, T., Findlay, H. J., & Pace, R. D. (2010). Community Leaders' Knowledge and Perceptions About Obesity: Implications for Outreach Educators in Designing Interventions. The Journal of Extension, 48(5), Article 17. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol48/iss5/17