"Treating Obesity Disparities: Maximizing the Effectiveness of Behavioral Weight Control Interventions for Equitable Outcomes"
Behavioral weight loss interventions have proven their efficacy over decades of scholarly investigation. Layered within this success is consistent inequity in weight loss outcomes. The current approach to weight loss consistently yields subpar weight losses among Black women engaged in treatment. Considering the disproportionately high burden of obesity in this demographic and projections of worsening obesity in the next decade, solutions are needed to address the persistent inequity. Dr. Blackman Carr will present her scholarship in this area and draw paths forward to address the gap in treatment and maximize effectiveness for Black women.
Dr. Blackman Carr is an Assistant Professor of Community and Public Health Nutrition in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Her expertise is in behavioral weight control interventions and obesity health disparities. She examines interventions to understand the factors involved in inequitable weight loss outcomes and develops interventions to overcome subpar outcomes. Dr. Blackman Carr is particularly interested in understanding the interpersonal space between individuals and communities to improve weight loss and related diet and physical activity behaviors.