051111023-01-bison-burger-recipe_xlgBlack women who choose to eat burgers are more likely to become obese, a new study says.

Researchers at Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University discovered that eating burgers from restaurants twice a week or more could lead to a 26 percent higher risk of becoming obese over an 15-year period for black women.

Conclusions were made after researchers collected food frequency questionnaires and health data from 59,00 African-American women who were part of the Black Women’s Health Study in 1995. Boston University researchers focused on 19,479 women between the ages of 21 and 39 who were not obese and had no signs of heart disease or cancer at the beginning of the study. Participants were asked about how frequently they ate fried fish, pizza, Chinese, Mexican, fried chicken and burgers from fast-food spots and restaurants and what soft drinks they consumed. The women self-reported their weights every two years from 1995 to 2011.

“The identification of individual foods or beverages that are associated with weight gain provides a basis for specific and straightforward recommendations to help prevent obesity,” the researchers wrote in the study. “Awareness needs to be raised that even young women who have healthy weights are at risk of becoming obese if they frequently consume these food items.”

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