Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Clinical Nutrition

Committee Chair

Terra L Smith

Committee Member

Robin R Roach

Committee Member

Ebenezer O George


The incidence of obesity is alarmingly high among African Americans, especially among women. Therefore, to help address the weight loss needs among a group (n=10) of obese African American women in a faith community, a seven-week nutrition intervention study was developed and implemented. Each session was lead by a member of the faith community and incorporated prayer and encouragement. BMI, waist, and hip circumference were measured, and three-day food diaries were collected at baseline and post-intervention. A paired sample t-test was used to analyze the data. A mean loss of 1.1 in. was observed in waist circumference (p=0.089). A mean loss of 1.7 in. was observed in hip circumference (p=0.021). There was no significant difference in BMI (p=0.343). Post-intervention three-day food diaries demonstrated some improvement from baseline such that 40% (n=4) more of participants met the Food Guide Pyramid food intake for grains, and 40% (n=4) more of participants met and did not exceed the Food Guide Pyramid food intake recommendation for meats and beans. Faith-based interventions may offer the best solution for reducing obesity. Familiar community settings, peer support, and places of worship were important in this study group.


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Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.