Neighborhood racial segregation is associated with obesity in black women

Black women living in highly segregated neighborhoods are 30% more likely to become obese during a 25-year period spanning early adulthood to middle age, compared with black women living in neighborhoods with low levels of segregation. Moreover, women who had prolonged exposure to highly segregated neighborhoods had the highest likelihood of becoming obese.

However, residential segregation had no consistent effect on the incidence of obesity in black men. The findings, published in Epidemiology, were partly funded by NHLBI.