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WHY ARE PEOPLE SO FAT?

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WHY ARE BLACK WOMEN ESPECIALLY SO FAT?
Psst! Oprah Winfrey should not be your role model!

THE FACTS:

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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


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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:

1. as the overweight, big titty, loud-mouth “Aunt Jemima” Black woman
2. as the nappy-hair, wig-wearing, extension-wearing, hair-falling-out Black woman
3. as the lazy, unemployed Black man
4. as the overtly religious Black woman and/or Black man
5. as the unmarried Black woman with at least 3 or more children from two or more fathers
6. as the big dick, unemployed Black man living-off of an employed Black woman or employed White woman
7. as the uneducated, overweight, unhealthy, poorly-speaking Black man or Black woman

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?

(Click here) Blacks are most obese group, study finds

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.).

IN SUMMARY, WITHOUT REGARD TO RACE OR ETHNICITY, AN ENLIGHTENED, HEALTH CONSCIOUS MAN WILL LIKELY RESENT AND WILL NOT ACCEPT AS DESIRABLE THE IMAGES OF MORBIDLY OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE BLACK WOMEN. Accordingly, eligible Black men, the few that do exist, typically do not prioritize their search for a lover or wife to be a Black woman. For the past 20 years or more, no less than 25% of all Black marriages were to a partner of another race, and since Black men and women are not collectively making themselves more desirable to each other, there’s absolutely no reason for the increase of interracial marriages to diminish. Get it? Plus, the paucity of ad hoc health or fitness-based cluster groups, vegan or otherwise, do not align with traditional male-oriented activities, which can make it more difficult to find a suitable partner.

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.

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57% of all adult Black women 40–59 years of age are obese. SOURCE: Food Research and Action Center and CDC

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61% of all adult Black women over 60 years of age are obese. SOURCE: Food Research and Action Center and CDC

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Black women have more than double the rates of extreme obesity as White and Hispanic women. Of course, it's not just Black women, but as of 2012, the clear majority of adults (68.8%) in the United States are either overweight or obese. SOURCE: Food Research and Action Center and CDC

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51% of Latino women 40–59 years of age are obese. SOURCE: Food Research and Action Center and CDC

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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!




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FAT IS BEAUTIFUL? DON'T KID YOURSELF.

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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

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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!



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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/



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AS YOU AGE, ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO BECOME OBESE? NOPE.

QUESTON: Why do you never hear about an obese 350+ pound person living to a ripe old age of 100?

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.


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LEARN MORE FACTS:

Overweight and Obesity: Food Research and Action Center (FRAC.org), click here;

Overweight and obesity (CDC.gov), click here;

General obesity data (NCHS.gov), click here;

Obesity by race (NCHS.gov), here.

"F" as in "FAT" (healthyamericans.org), here.


   


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