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TRANSITIONS


PI: Donna Spruijt-Metz

Transitions seeks to determine the physiological and psychological determinants of the decline in physical activity in Latina and African American girls during puberty. The pubertal transition in Latina and African American girls may explain, in part, their increased risk for obesity and may be linked to future risk of breast, endometrial, colon and other cancers.

It is a four year longitudinal study (50 African-Americans vs 50 Hispanics, girls) that will be used to understand the longitudinal impact of pubertal insulin resistance on mood, motivation and physical activity levels in Latina and African American girls as they mature.

Transitions will shed new light on differences in metabolic and psychosocial risk factors for the decline in physical activity between African Americans and Hispanics.

 

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