I’m am working on a project at work that requires a lot of research, but what I recently came across while searching the internet made me say hmmm. Although I knew 4 out of 5 African American women are obese, I did not know the contributing factors. According to Medscope.com, a group of African American women were selected to participate in a study as to why they don’t exercise. Barriers included lack of social support, social stigma and shame, economic concern, and of course hair. I cannot express to you how many times black women will go without exercising, swimming, or participating in any physical activity just because they are afraid they will “mess their hair up”. Although I have been guilty of this myself, I say enough is enough! We have to set an importance on our health not our hair. It is upsetting that coming from a background of women that are so strong, we fall victim to such a small factor. The time for change is now. We have to be better and do better. Our families are depending on us. Obesity leads to so many other health problems. Heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, etc. I just want to encourage all of my African American women out there to be more proactive about your health. You are beautiful and strong! Let’s join together to start a healthy movement!
I hope this helps someone tonight. Be well.
Live. Love. Well & Fit.