Bariatric Surgery in African American Males
An Evaluation of Perceptions and Barriers of Bariatric Surgery among African American Men
African Americans are more likely to be obese compared to European Americans. With higher rates of obesity comes higher rates of obesity-related diseases. Many of these chronic diseases disproportionately affect the African American community. In fact, there are higher rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and stroke in African Americans than European Americans.
Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment of obesity and its related diseases.
Over 100,000 Americans undergo a bariatric procedure yearly. However, African American men are particularly under-represented. Reasons for this disparity are unclear. The University of Minnesota, Department of Surgery is pleased to be partnering with National USA Foundation, Inc. (NUFI) to help explore reasons for this disparity through a short survey.