In this Dec. 5, 2012, photo, Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, is interviewed after speaking about health disparities in Washington. African-American women have the highest rate of obesity of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, nearly two-thirds of all Americans are in this category, the CDC said. While first lady Michelle Obama has succeeded at encouraging exercise through her “Let’s Move!” campaign, the spark for this current activity among black women most likely was lit last year when Surgeon General Regina Benjamin observed publicly that women must stop allowing concern about their hair prevent them from exercising. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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In this Dec. 5, 2012, photo, Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, is interviewed after speaking about health disparities in Washington. African-American women have the highest rate of obesity of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, nearly two-thirds of all Americans are in this category, the CDC said. While first lady Michelle Obama has succeeded at encouraging exercise through her “Let’s Move!” campaign, the spark for this current activity among black women most likely was lit last year when Surgeon General Regina Benjamin observed publicly that women must stop allowing concern about their hair prevent them from exercising. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
In this Dec. 5, 2012, photo, Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, is interviewed after speaking about health disparities in Washington. African-American women have the highest rate of obesity of any group of Americans. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By comparison, nearly two-thirds of all Americans are in this category, the CDC said. While first lady Michelle Obama has succeeded at encouraging exercise through her “Let’s Move!” campaign, the spark for this current activity among black women most likely was lit last year when Surgeon General Regina Benjamin observed publicly that women must stop allowing concern about their hair prevent them from exercising. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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