Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll of black women in America

  • Priorities and concerns
  • Michelle Obama
  • Body image

Black women heavier and happier with their bodies than white women

The Post's recent survey found that although black women are heavier than their white counterparts, they have higher levels of self-esteem.

Shifting portraits of the American black woman

Our homes, our work and our self-esteem all inform who we are as people. We interviewed six black women about these themes.

Source: This Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll was conducted by telephone Oct. 6 to Nov. 2, 2011, among a random national sample of 1,936 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; error margins are five points for African American women, eight points for African American men, 5.5 points for white women and 6.5 points for white men. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS) of Media, Pa. The Washington Post. Published Jan. 23, 2012. Updated Feb. 27, 2012.