Are We Kidding? We Don't Know Why Young Black Women Are Obese?
Wow... I've just finished reading this article about exercise controlling weight in young white girls better than in young black girls. I guess I thought that people can see what's right in our faces. So I'm going to take a few minutes and educate the masses if I can.
Being that I, at one point, would have been a young black girl, the memories of my growing up are way too close, even now that I'm in my 30's. Let me help bring clarity to what the scientific community seems to have a hard time grasping from some simple cultural facts.
Here are a list of some of the clear, simple and obvious reasons why exercise may not help young black girls with obesity:
- For those who read my last week's article about young kid's in general and obesity, the over-abundance of toxins in the body will cause people, ANYONE to retain their body fat to keep them safe!
- Think about hair relaxers, and the chemicals in most, conventional black hair care products. They are filled with chemicals that persist within the body, and are extremely toxic. These are used daily, so there's no simple way to remove them from the body, easily. Is natural hair highly accepted within our communities?
- Self-esteem has a huge effect on the body's ability to maintain itself. Considering that most of the magazines that young girls like to read contain images of stick-thin, mostly white women as the standard of beauty, how likely are they to treasure themselves and their own beauty?
- Some of the comfort foods within the black community include lots of fried foods, and carb-heavy meals... Where's the nutrients? Where's the foods that help the body remove toxins? And most importantly, where are the foods that encourage healthy weight loss and weight maintenance?
- The level of education of black parents, even in the 21st century, is still way below that of the average, North American. Where are people to find healthy, sustainable ways of living, if they have no idea where the resources are?
- How about that black young women naturally have "more junk in their trunk" anyway? Our bodies are shaped very differently from young women of other cultures. What others may consider obese is simple our body type!
My purpose and passion in the world is to educate as many people I can about healthy, holistic and sustainable living. Maybe I need to focus on getting to the researchers first...