USUCHD-R RESEARCH CORE Despite overall improvements in health in the United States, substantial health disparities within ethnic/racial minority populations (e.g., African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans) and underserved majority populations continue to exist. This is clearly demonstrated in the area of obesity, metabolic syndrome and its related morbidities including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, insulin resistance, and diabetes where the prevalence rates for metabolic syndrome (hypertension, obesity, diabetes, and consequent cardiovascular disease/CVD) are higher in African American (AA) as compared to Caucasians (CA) and persons of Hispanic (HI) origin (1-6). In addition, AA men and women appear to experience these diseases at earlier ages(7-8)

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Hart, Erica A; Sbrocco, Tracy; Carter, Michele M (2016) Ethnic Identity and Implicit Anti-fat Bias: Similarities and Differences between African American and Caucasian Women. Ethn Dis 26:69-76
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Cassidy, Omni; Sbrocco, Tracy; Tanofsky-Kraff, Marian (2015) Utilizing non-traditional research designs to explore culture-specific risk factors for eating disorders in African American adolescents. Adv Eat Disord 3:91-102
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Carter, Michele M; Mitchell, Frances E; Sbrocco, Tracy (2012) Treating ethnic minority adults with anxiety disorders: current status and future recommendations. J Anxiety Disord 26:488-501
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