Do not be alarmed. My “more-fatter” question is not an attempt to invoke racial factions or pointed fingers based on your level of skin pigmentation. [insert disclaimer here that my own Grandma is white, so I'm not trying to cause a racialized uproar.]
I’m asking because I noticed something among my own race of peoples. There’s a lot of overweight blacks walking around. Waaaay too many. I’m tired of seeing it, actually. They’re comfortable and confident in their skin (which is great), but typically have no plans to change their obese ways (not so great).
So I wondered… what is the percentage of overweight blacks in America compared to other races?
I went to the Centers for Disease Control website (www.cdc.gov) to retrieve the data on Obesity Trends. It proved to be a breached-levy of information, because of the overwhelming amount of data on the subject. But here we have it in a nutshell:
First of all, I’m bummed they only broke down the nation into three categories: Blacks, Whites and Hispanics. What about the Asian peoples of America and the Middle Eastern peeps who dwell here? But I gotta admit, they do tend to stay on the slim side.
So what’s the deal with obese blacks and Hispanics? I’m making my own guess. This is why they’re fatter?
- Food culture: Many Blacks and Hispanics are deeply rooted in their food cultures, which are many times high in fat.
- Economics: Slice and dice it anyway you want, but Blacks and Hispanics generally fall into the lower tax brackets. Healthy, quality foods cost more, and most times aren’t in the budget.
- Education: The economic factor plays a big part in education. The less education a person has received, the less opportunities there will be for earning a bigtime paycheck. Many who have less financial resources aren’t spending a lot of time researching organic foods and counting calories, ya know? They’re living paycheck to paycheck just trying to make it everyday.
If you’re up for a head-spinning good time, complete with crossed eyes and a migraine from reading big blocks of paragraphs with stats galore and a chart to bring it on home, you can read this long azz report from the CDC: Differences in Prevalence of Obesity Among Black, White and Hispanic Adults – US 2006-2008.
Regardless of your race, the obesity industry is on the rise (yes, it’s an industry – because people make money off of other people being fat). First, take care of you. Then, address obesity among your immediate family members to stop the cycle of fatness, no matter what race you are.
This thing is outta control.