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April 1997 Issue

Metabolic Rates May Differ Along Racial Lines

Nearly half of African-American women are overweight, compared to a third of Caucasian women. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center may have discovered why. In a study of women who, on average, weighed 224 pounds, the average resting metabolic rate (RMR) of 44 African-American women was nearly 100 calories a day less than that of 122 Caucasian women. (RMR is the calories a body uses at rest—two-thirds of all calories the

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