So, all black women will be fat by 2034, according to a recent study. But for real? For real, for real? Here’s a piece of the article:
Weight problems will be most acute among African-Americans and Mexican- Americans, the study projects. All black women could be overweight by 2034, according to the researchers, as could more than 90 percent of Mexican-American men.
When did Black women stop caring about how they look? Check out the photos of Harlem back in Renaissance days. Back in the days, no matter her size, a black woman held her body together by girdle, bandages or whatever. They looked good. Maybe that’s why the marriage rate in the 1960s was the highest ever in our community for black women. By 30, over 60% of black women were already married. At first, I wasn’t buying this whole black women are fat thing. America is fat. The country has the fattest people in the world. Have you been to France or Spain lately? Anyway, it didn’t occur to me that this could be true when I went to a barbecue at an old high school friend’s house. There was all kind of soul food fixins you could imagine–the mac n cheese, the ribs, the wings, the pasta salad galore, the biscuits, the ham, and maybe one small pan of collard greens drenched in pork and oils. It didn’t take until the next day when I realized that there wasn’t one bowl of fresh greens (like a salad?) or bowl of fruit. No kiddie meals either, like turkey hot dogs or baby burgers. Just humungous portions. I had of course the usual. But I made sure I ate an apple before and after the barbecue. I’m only 140, at 5’8. I run a mile, and drop 10 pounds. But most people aren’t like this. Everyone at the barbecue was obese, even my friend, who is at the same age as me.
I came up with some covenient easy ways to have a healthier diet:
I think if anyone does this they will be on their way, not to skinniness, but health. Too easy to blame skinny women, instead of just eating less and eating apples, unless of course you have a clear, defined medical condition for obesity and being “big boned” doesn’t count.