BLACK VOICES

Black Women Heavier And Happier With Their Bodies Than White Women, Poll Finds

02/28/2012 02:41 pm ET | Updated Apr 29, 2012

In the pre-dawn darkness, the gym doors close, and the black women start to move. House versions of Whitney Houston's "I'm Every Woman," and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep," blare from speakers as the 30 or so women, most with curves, not angles, grab their jump ropes at the L.A. Fitness club in Capitol Heights. They double-time it as fitness instructor Michelle Gibson counts them down from the front of the class.

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