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All Black Women Are Fat….

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:

–Eat less
–Eat apples
–Drink water
–Exercise

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.

6 COMMENTS

  • Sandy

    I totally agree with this entire post…. too many women are full of excuses regarding their weight…

    Speaking for myself and my close friends if we start tip-toeing into that size 6 range we start flippin out. Beyond appearances you just feel healthier, more energetic and happier when you take care of your physical being. By any means necessary is how I see it. Id rather give up the salt, greasy meats and calorie-laden foods rather than figure out why I cant fit my favorite cocktail dress after I ate that last piece of cake.

  • Kenya

    Yes, Maryann I agree. We need to take a more proactive role!

  • Kenya

    I do have a Farmer’s Market in my community and I do support it, I think that’s my point.

  • Brian

    If you have to travel an hour to buy tomatoes – then stop complaining about it and realize the business oppurtunity that exists. Stop “demanding” farmer’s markets in your neighborhood and sponsor one. Stop complaining about the markets in the hood and create better ones. The reason why there is a McDonald’s on every corner is because people will go to them. STOP and McDonalds will go away. Now, when the A&P shows up in Harlem, the people there need to support it – and protect it. If Magic Johnson can open a theater and a Starbucks in the ‘Hood, I’m sure he can open a grocery store!

  • Maryann

    I had to jump in here and say YES to post regarding the foods in our community. It is a shame. The options are limited. I was listening to CNN Black In America and one woman said she has to travel an hour from her Harlem community to buy TOMATOES. That is sick. With that said, black communites can change this by taking a more proactive stand and demanding farmer’s markets in their neighborhoods, carpooling to areas that have better food choices and cooking more at home.

  • Kenya

    I am with you on this. I am in the process of changing my diet, trying to go completely organic, cutting meat out of my life, as much as possible. Adding Tofu. Interesting options these days. And definitely incorporating apples as a staple. The fiber makes a huge difference, makes me feel full.

    But I feel there is a severe “attack” on the black community that we are idly allowing, and that is in our food choices, “supermarkets,” neighborhood eateries, meats and dairy that come into our community. I feel its by design and very “racist” in form, but we are allowing it. A McDonalds on every corner, come on, not even a Starbucks (not that, that’s better, in terms of calories)…but I am saddened by the choices for our children.

    We need to go organic, shop at the Farmer’s Market, which if you have one is not expensive. Cut back on certain purchases and roll that money into organic products, research where your food comes from, research the meat industry, know what you are putting into your body and what chemicals are in it, and you will be sure to make better choices.

    I am overweight and can afford to lose 30 pounds, and I will. Have been battling this for sometime and am really concerned about it, and do believe if it keeps going the way it is many of us will be obese and dying in the next 20 years!

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