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Why black women are fat

By Blurtman following x   2017 Aug 27, 5:07am 497 views   10 comments   watch   quote     share  


FOUR out of five black women are seriously overweight. One out of four middle-aged black women has diabetes. With $174 billion a year spent on diabetes-related illness in America and obesity quickly overtaking smoking as a cause of cancer deaths, it is past time to try something new.

What we need is a body-culture revolution in black America. Why? Because too many experts who are involved in the discussion of obesity don’t understand something crucial about black women and fat: many black women are fat because we want to be.

The black poet Lucille Clifton’s 1987 poem “Homage to My Hips” begins with the boast, “These hips are big hips.” She establishes big black hips as something a woman would want to have and a man would desire. She wasn’t the first or the only one to reflect this community knowledge. Twenty years before, in 1967, Joe Tex, a black Texan, dominated the radio airwaves across black America with a song he wrote and recorded, “Skinny Legs and All.” One of his lines haunts me to this day: “some man, somewhere who’ll take you baby, skinny legs and all.” For me, it still seems almost an impossibility.

Chemically, in its ability to promote disease, black fat may be the same as white fat. Culturally it is not.

How many middle-aged white women fear their husbands will find them less attractive if their weight drops to less than 200 pounds? I have yet to meet one.

But I know many black women whose sane, handsome, successful husbands worry when their women start losing weight. My lawyer husband is one.

Another friend, a woman of color who is a tenured professor, told me that her husband, also a tenured professor and of color, begged her not to lose “the sugar down below” when she embarked on a weight-loss program.

And it’s not only aesthetics that make black fat different. It’s politics too. To get a quick introduction to the politics of black fat, I recommend Andrea Elizabeth Shaw’s provocative book “The Embodiment of Disobedience: Fat Black Women’s Unruly Political Bodies.” Ms. Shaw argues that the fat black woman’s body “functions as a site of resistance to both gendered and racialized oppression.” By contextualizing fatness within the African diaspora, she invites us to notice that the fat black woman can be a rounded opposite of the fit black slave, that the fatness of black women has often functioned as both explicit political statement and active political resistance.

When the biologist Daniel Lieberman suggested in a public lecture at Harvard this past February that exercise for everyone should be mandated by law, the audience applauded, the Harvard Gazette reported. A room full of thin affluent people applauding the idea of forcing fatties, many of whom are dark, poor and exhausted, to exercise appalls me. Government mandated exercise is a vicious concept. But I get where Mr. Lieberman is coming from. The cost of too many people getting too fat is too high.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/opinion/sunday/why-black-women-are-fat.html?mcubz=1

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1 BayArea   ignore (0)   2017 Aug 27, 6:15am   ↑ like (6)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

I remember growing up, my black buddies common comment for a girl they found attractive was:

"Damn, she thick"

LOL

2 Booger   ignore (0)   2017 Aug 27, 6:47am   ↑ like (5)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

It's because black people have no self control, and live for the day only.

3 Strategist   ignore (1)   2017 Aug 27, 7:07am   ↑ like (5)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Worked with a guy from Kenya 30 years ago. He told me they prefer big women because big women can carry more water.

4 BlueSardine   ignore (3)   2017 Aug 27, 7:31am   ↑ like (2)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

occams razor, big meat attracts big meat...

5 Oxygen   ignore (0)   2017 Aug 27, 8:57am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

whatever. not my wife. not my medical bills to pay for.

6 mell   ignore (1)   2017 Aug 27, 9:00am   ↑ like (1)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Oxygen says

whatever. not my wife. not my medical bills to pay for.

True but you may pay some of it through higher insurance costs.

7 Goran_K   ignore (1)   2017 Aug 27, 9:18am   ↑ like (3)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

I've spent time in the South and they basically consume meat, fat, butter and sugar in excess for every meal. I remember trying to find a healthy alternative in Mississippi and just ended up eating a side salad and some BBQ chicken. That's about as healthy as it gets down there. Fried chicken is something people eat 1-2 times a day regularly and because it's so humid and hot for many parts of the year, people are rarely outside execersing.

8 mell   ignore (1)   2017 Aug 27, 10:01am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Goran_K says

Fried chicken is something people eat 1-2 times a day regularly and because it's so humid and hot for many parts of the year, people are rarely outside execersing.

Funny thing is if you were to exercise regularly and adapt to the humidity you'd lose pounds faster than anywhere due to your body working harder.

9 Goran_K   ignore (1)   2017 Aug 27, 10:16am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

mell says

Goran_K says

Fried chicken is something people eat 1-2 times a day regularly and because it's so humid and hot for many parts of the year, people are rarely outside execersing.

Funny thing is if you were to exercise regularly and adapt to the humidity you'd lose pounds faster than anywhere due to your body working harder.

I agree.

But in general, human beings are averse to hard work, so we end up with a lot of fat people unfortunately.

10 Ceffer   ignore (1)   2017 Aug 27, 11:01am   ↑ like (0)   ↓ dislike (0)     quote        

Licking out all the sweaty, fermenting folds, and drop a sperm within 3 yards, a pseudopod will find it.


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