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WHY ARE PEOPLE SO FAT?
WHY ARE BLACK WOMEN ESPECIALLY SO FAT?
Psst! Oprah Winfrey should not be your role model!
82.1% of all adult Black women over 30 years of age are either morbidly overweight or obese. SOURCE: Food Research and Action Center and CDC
QUESTION: Since the rate of obesity for Black women is so atrocious, and the future is equally bleak, why does it matter?
ANSWER / COMMENTARY:
First, ignoring the facts or “problem" does not make it go away; because the overwhelmingly majority of adult Black women keep getting fatter, more obese, not healthier - and this has a corresponding negative impact of children, families, and access to and the cost of health care. Obesity was NOT a major problem prior to the "baby boomer" generation, but obesity is a MAJOR problem now, but especially for the current and future generations of Black women because it’s getting worse.
Second, instead of Black women addressing the issue of their unhealthiness and low self-esteem, the overwhelming majority of morbidly overweight and obese adult Black women have aligned themselves to a “cultural campaign” which has become the prevalent stereotype that they MUST be perceived as desirable and attractive, and that Black men should and must lower their standards and accept them as they are (morbidly overweight or obese), which is an insult to healthy heterosexual Black men who seek - but cannot find - a Black woman who is both intellectually attractive (smart, creative, active, etc.) and physically attractive (actively engaged in her own health and fitness).
Third, if Black people truly resent the constant decline in the health of the Black race, then it’s incumbent upon “responsible Black men and women” to lead by example. IF BLACK PEOPLE CONTINUE TO ALLOW THE CONSTANT PROMOTION OF NEGATIVE IMAGES OF BLACK PEOPLE, then they have no one to blame but themselves for the decline of the Black race. It’s incumbent upon “responsible Black men and women” to identify the hypocrisy of so-called Black intellectuals, athletes, politicians, entertainers, etc. (the Oprah Winfrey paradox), who allow themselves to be used as the perpetual, the constant token negative example of Blackness:
Don't forget, historically, during and after slavery, Black people have always had the worst health and fitness, because they ate the scraps of the White slave owner (pig feet, chitterlings, fish heads, chicken feet, etc.), consumed food cooked in grease, and by law, policy, or cultural convention were prohibited access to health care, and much of these conditions remain in effect today. Should Black people continue to accept the status quo, and linger in a constant state of mediocrity?
Excluding Oprah Winfrey, there are many Black women in the public media who consistently maintain a healthy and fit physique. Plus, as they gotten older, the absence of wrinkles makes them look ever youthful. As the saying goes . . .
Given that 82.1% of adult Black women are morbidly overweight or obese, why would an eligible, attractive, educated, and employed Black man find a Black woman desirable?? Why??? That’s right they don’t, because 82.1% of Black women (the overwhelming majority) have made themselves unattractive, undesirable. Likewise, the same can be said, but to a lesser degree of “eligible” Black men (if you can find one due to the extremely high rates of state-sanctioned unemployment, incarceration, suicide, homicide, etc.).
PROJECTION: As projected by Johns Hopkins and the CDC (#17 below), if the rate of obesity continues to increase, by 2048 100% of U.S. adults will be obese!
OBSERVATION: Since 82.1% of all adult Black women are already morbidly overweight or obese, clearly, Black women will continue to take a “leadership role” not only in the demise of Black health, but leading the nation into an overall malaise of incessant obesity.
57% of all adult Black women 40–59 years of age are obese. SOURCE: Food Research and Action Center and CDC
61% of all adult Black women over 60 years of age are obese. SOURCE: Food Research and Action Center and CDC
51% of Latino women 40–59 years of age are obese. SOURCE: Food Research and Action Center and CDC
39% of non-Hispanic White women 40–59 years of age are obese.
OBSERVATION: If a woman is unable to look down between her breasts and see her feet, because her stomach is blocking her view, she's obese!
FAT IS BEAUTIFUL? DON'T KID YOURSELF.
Even looking back to 2005-06, the data was equally bleak with more than one-third of adults as obese, over 72 million people, which included 33.3% of all men and 35.3% of all women. SOURCE: Food Research and Action Center and CDC
As of 2012, the rates of overweight or obesity are higher for Hispanic men (81.7 percent) compared to Black men (69.9 percent) and White men (74.0 percent), although obesity rates are fairly similar across racial-ethnic groups.SOURCE: Food Research and Action Center and CDC
IMAGES OF MORBIDLY OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE BLACK WOMEN ARE CONSTANTLY BEING PROMOTED AS ACCEPTABLE AND DESIRABLE. Conversely, we don’t see “promotional spots” celebrating the “beauty” of morbidly overweight and obese Black men . . . because it’s NOT beautiful, DAH!
OBESITY IS AN EPIDEMIC
Looking at the bigger picture, only Liberia (at 19.50%) and Sierra Leone (at 18.80%) spend more of their GDP (Gross Domestic Products) on health care than the United States (at 17.90%); however, the prevalence of obesity in female adults in Liberia is only 13%, and only 16% in Sierra Leone, but 48% in the United States, which was ranked 12th highest in the world for obesity in 2010 by World Health Organization http://kff.org/global-indicator/female-prevalence-of-obesity/
AS YOU AGE, ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO BECOME OBESE? NOPE.
ANSWER: Due to the impact of obesity, people who are morbidly overweight or obese die prematurely as a direct result of other medical conditions or diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, etc.
Source: Glamour magazine, January 1993, page 154
|17.||WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD?
To review the study, click the graph above or click here.
LEARN MORE FACTS:
Overweight and Obesity: Food Research and Action Center (FRAC.org), click here;
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