Document Type

DNP Project


School of Nursing

Date of Degree

Spring 2017


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Primary Advisor

Qiuping (Pearl) Zhou, PhD, RN



Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death next to tobacco use. Although it is prevalent in all populations, it disproportionately affects AA women. Overweight/obesity increases AA women’s chances of developing chronic illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and decreases their life expectancy. The purpose of this study was to explore variables associated with overweight/obese AA women with hypertension and/or diabetes.


A secondary data analysis was conducted using a descriptive-correlational design to analyze cross-sectional data obtained from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The sample consisted of AA women (n =1823). The dependent variable was overweight/obesity. The independent variables were household income, physical activity, fruits/vegetables consumption, life satisfaction, emotional support, and sleep. Chi-square analysis was used to study the relationship variables. For all analyses, alpha was set at 0.05.


The majority of the sample of was 2(1) = 13.32, p < .001. There were no statistically significant results for any of the independent variables.


Further studies are needed to identify modifiable variables that relate to overweight/obesity in AA women with chronic illnesses.

Open Access




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