Health and Wellness : Put the fork down and read...


going above and beyond
Feb 9, 2001
The mass marketed definition of beauty and healthy in America is to be white (preferably blonde, blue-eyed) and thin. The purpose of this thread is focusing on size, particularly what's considered obese.

"Fat" people in general are discriminated against in America. The more lumps and rolls and width you have from fat deposits, automatically make you the target of ridicule, judgment and bullying. All fat people are thought to lack self-discipline, have low self-esteem, and suffer from depression from loneliness. This applies to adults and children. I don't know if this is true or not, but I heard that Jackie Onassis once said, "You can never be rich enough or thin enough."

Why are Americans so obsessed with weight (although I believe Japanese are as well) and why is it that it's always Black and brown women who are said to be the fattest among all women? More importantly, how does this American view, impact the psychological, emotional and physical well-being of Black women?

You can go to reputable sources like the Food, Research and Action Center and find information like the following:

Adult Obesity in the U.S.
More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese (Flegal et al., 2016). In general, rates of obesity are higher for Black and Hispanic women than White women, higher for Black and Hispanic men than White men, higher in the South and Midwest, and tend to increase with age (Flegal et al., 2016; Gregg et al., 2009; Sherry et al., 2010). Research also shows that the heaviest Americans have become even heavier the past decade (Beydoun & Wang, 2009).

Racial-Ethnic Disparities
Recent national data show that 57.2 percent of Black women and 46.9 percent of Hispanic women are obese compared to 38.2 percent of White women (Flegal et al., 2016). Severe obesity continues to be higher among women (9.9 percent) than men (5.5 percent), especially among Black women who have approximately double the rates of severe obesity as White and Hispanic women (16.8 percent versus 9.7 percent and 8.7 percent) (Flegal et al., 2016). Rates of obesity are slightly higher for Black men (38.0 percent) and Hispanic men (37.9 percent) compared to White men (34.7 percent) (Flegal et al., 2016).

Because I know some African cultures prefer their women with curves, and even some AA men do as well, I was curious as to whether there were any health risks due to being a plus-size woman.

According to the National Institute of Health:

Being overweight or obese (determined by your BMI) isn't a cosmetic problem. These conditions greatly raise your risk for other health problems, and there is a long list of what these health problems are reported to be:

Coronary Heart Disease
High Blood Pressure
Type 2 Diabetes
Abnormal Blood Fats
Metabolic Syndrome
Sleep Apnea
Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
Reproductive Problems

So should AA's be concerned about their weight (BMI) and commit to healthier eating and body movement habits? Overall, I think so and personally, I am.

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May 30, 2015
So should AA's be concerned about their weight (BMI) and commit to healthier eating and body movement habits? Overall, I think so and personally, I am.
Yes, I absolutely agree that it is a concern we should have.


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Feb 26, 2013
So should AA's be concerned about their weight (BMI) and commit to healthier eating and body movement habits?
Definitely. And it starts in youth. Teach the children healthier eating habits and show them how to stay active, even when they aren't formally exercising, and it'll come naturally in adulthood.

That's what my parents did.


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Jan 20, 2015
Where did these false stats that Black and Brown women are more often fatter than white women? It's just untrue or all the fat A white women live near me.

All prople are disposed to get fat with an improper diet.



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Jan 20, 2015
Why are we always reporting white people stats about black people.Why the want to know so much about us they always doing some kinda study.
And we ALWAYS come out on the losing end.


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Jan 20, 2015
Some people just like foods that's not good for them. Unhealthy. I see fat white people in the store with 4 cases of coke in their cart. Bagels and cream cheese, several bags of chips and the rest frozen food dinners.
It's just a little more expensive to eat healthy. Some Black women love to show off their cooking skills preparing low budget meals that are unhealthy.
I don't think the majority of household eat healthy.

I'm tired of white folk doing studies on me. Do some studies on their own fat butts. They keep their own in a false sense of superiority thru all these studies on Black men and women and how they are so much better than us. While their own fat butts drinking coke cola by the case.

And we, some of us, feel the need to share the findings of some white persons study. Why?

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