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Black women avoid exercise to maintain hair

VANITY: Black women often forgo exercising over fears it might ruin their hair

AN AFRICAN American doctor has urged women who forgo exercising in order to protect their hairstyles, to focus more on their health instead.

At a recent hair show in Atlanta, Dr Regina M. Benjamin explained that women, in particular black women, avoided exercise in a bid to maintain pricey hairstyles.

"Often times you get women saying, "I can't exercise today because I don't want to sweat my hair back or get my hair wet," Dr Benjamin said in an interview.

She said that the problem is that many of the women in question, had invested a lot of time and money on treatments to transform their naturally curly hair into straight tresses. She explained that moisture and motion could quickly and easily undo those efforts, prompting many women to avoid physical activity altogether.

A recent study in the US' state of North Carolina showed that about a third of the 103 respondents, admitted to exercising less because they were afraid it would ruin their hair.

US government's latest figures show that nearly 50 percent of black women over age 20 are overweight or obese, compared with 33 percent of white women and 43 percent of Hispanic women.

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