PhD Alum Dr. Sarah Knerr Researching Ethnic Variation in Obesity Causation Beliefs
Hispanic women living in the United States experience higher rates of obesity than non-Hispanic white women. Now, new research by Health Services PhD alumna Dr. Sarah Knerr and other researchers from the UW School of Public Health suggests that Hispanic women are less likely to believe that genetics is a trigger for the chronic disease – largely due to cultural variation in health beliefs.
“Our results highlight the need for more research about the causes and consequences of cultural variation in health beliefs to make sure that obesity prevention and control interventions are broadly effective,” said lead author Sarah Knerr, acting assistant professor of health services at the UW School of Public Health. “This may be particularly important for health promotion interventions that emphasize genetic risk factors.”