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African Americans, in general tend not to address the very real mental health condition of depression and are less likely to get diagnosed and treated than caucasian people. The reasons may be cultural myths and confusion about depression and  socioeconomic disadvantages, which prevent people of color from seek treatment.  The reality is that clinical depression is the most common and disabling mental health condition and can affect anyone regardless of race, gender, age or income.

Regarding African American women in the United States, 15% will experience major depression in their lifetime and studies show it could be directly connected to struggles with weight loss. In fact, African American women incur disproportionately higher rates of depression compared to other groups of women. Those same studies also indicate that controlling weight may help improve the symptoms of depression. Click here to read more.