So I just read a study via Google news HEALTH addition (via NEW YORK TIMES) that the heavier weight on black women have been revealed. I had to blog about this one because I found this quite ridiculous. Once I got through this very "ridiculous" article and could not believe that anyone would have spent any time writing this! Well, the big secret to why black women are over weight according to this article are because of black men. It stated that black men like their women thicker and continued to use numbers like 200 pounds plus. Really? Just to let you know, African Americans aka blacks only make up less than 20% of the national population so when you ring in numbers about diabetes and what the country spends on being overweight. . .you have to understand it's not just one ethnic group.
Ok, I am not a large, black woman BUT there are some in my family that consider themselves overweight. As a "WOMAN" we all want to be at a lighter weight mainly for our health and for the love of clothes! LOL! There are women who are a little thicker and VERY happy being who they are. That's self confidence and understanding of WHO they are.
I am a big advocate on taking care of yourself and when my clients/participants tell me what there goals are I do share with them, there is only ONE of YOU. . .so BE YOU! Understand that the models we see in magazines or on television are not realistic for many of us.
At the end of the day understand that if you eat a proper diet, allow yourself one day where you have a LITTLE fun with food and exercise for 30 minutes daily, you are definitely doing your body good! From walking, jogging to running a marathon. . .do YOU!
There are cases where women have an enabler and food becomes a comfort. This fact is not just in black communities. If you know of someone in that situation please find help through your church, counselor or doctor. They will be more than happy to assist you. In the meantime, if you want a good laugh. . .here's the article!