BMI definition - The BMI is an attempt to quantify the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat, and bone) in an individual, and then categorize that person as underweight, healthy weight, overweight, or obese based on that value.
If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the underweight range.
If your BMI is 18.5 to 25, it falls within the standard.
If your BMI is 25.0 to 30, it falls within the overweight range.
If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the obese range.
This feature focuses mainly on black women because she is the leader in obesity in America. Now please don't get it wrong beautiful, we love you like we love our mama and are not picking on you. We need you. So with that being said, let's begin.
Did you know that more than any group in America, African-Americans takes the 1st prize for being overweight or obese? Well, we'll just throw this negative statistic in with the many others for blacks in America.
This website believes each and every person in the world is affected and connected to the past and are products of their history, and answers to problems can be found by searching there, including obesity.
Off the bat, we must say, there is no single cause of all overweight and obesity, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach that can help prevent or treat overweight and obesity.
So let's begin our quick trip back in history at the time our ancestors lived in Africa. In many countries and including Africa, obesity was considered a desirable thing. Even though these beliefs are fading from view today, obesity was once viewed with admiration as a sign of fertility, maturity, strength, wisdom, wealth and prosperity. It was common in African cultures for fat to be interpreted as a symbol of beauty.
"There is this saying in South Africa that if you have a one-pack belly, like a beer belly, you must have lots of money, but if you have a six-pack, there is something wrong."
It was also common practice in some parts of Africa for parents to force-feed their children (every day) to make them fat. This practice increased chances of marriage in a society where obesity used to be a sign of wealth. A six-year-old might typically be forced to drink about 5 gallons of camel milk along with pounded millet mixed with 2 cups of butter.
Mother's felt they were securing their daughters future by doing this because the men preferred obese women for wives and would also be paid a dowry for her hand in marriage. The younger generations of males now see fattening negatively.
African proverb "The Fat Woman Who Melted Away"
With the spread of urbanization across the Western and developing world since the 1950s, at the turn of the 20th century, just 15% of the global population lived in cities. According to the United Nations, the year 2007 witnessed the turning point when more than 50% of the world population were living in the towns, for the first time in human history.
This would mean major life changes for the world, especially regarding convenience. It wouldn't be necessary milking a cow, just go to the store and buy a gallon, no more making butter, just go to the store and buy it, no more slaughtering a pig for bacon, just run to the store, and the list goes on and on. Food was becoming easier to get and a delightful matter of convenience for all who could afford it.
Convenience stores definitely made people's lives easier, but it didn't necessarily make it better, because the places we bought our food didn't show the same love and concern in its ingredients like good ole mama, but added harmful things that weren't healthy for our bodies to preserve the foods for a longer shelf life. This practice made greedy businesspeople very rich. The bottom line to them is it's all about the money, not people's health and life.
Convenience stores also eliminated the useful exercise we once received when we prepared our food, milking a cow, churning butter and killing a pig is hard work. But the stores changed all that, and it was convenient for us, and we didn't care. When fast food also became a modern convenience a sure increase of overweight and obesity occurred. Food would slowly begin to taste different than good ole mamas. A tomato today doesn't taste like a tomato of yesteryear.
Did these events in history affect black women?
The events mentioned above affected all women regardless of race. But the same problem a white person suffers is compounded for a black person because of the race. It's not an excuse, just a fact. That's one reason blacks are always on the bottom and negative side of all statistics in this country, but most whites are blissfully ignorant to this and really could care less.
Could obesity in black women be linked to race?
Consider that a black woman's daily levels of stress are higher, which could result in a lot of emotional eating. Since slavery her counterpart, the black male has been a target of intense hate by white people. This condition persist today. Read any article about a black man on social media or other news sources and scroll to the bottom to read the comments. 99% of them will be negative.
There are tons of black men who don't give a crap about these racist attitudes in America and go out to make a good life for themselves and families but are evidently in short supply because they are already taken. There are many more black men who don't understand how to navigate life in America and wind up making foolish choices and bad decisions which are what the man wants them to do, so they lock them up and throw away the key, and often for small mistakes.
Yesteryear was slavery that kept the black man down, then Jim Crow era kept the black man in his "so called place," and today it's mass incarceration that locks up millions of black men and in the process dimming the black woman's prospects of marriage. It's no coincidence that black women get married later in their lives than all other races, which by the way is another negative stat.
Daniel Moynihan who was a white man and favorite sociologist during the 60s stated in his very popular book (The Negro Family: The Case For National Action) once wrote:
After emancipation the Negro was given liberty, but not equality. Life remained hazardous and marginal. Of the greatest importance, the Negro male, particularly in the South, became an object of intense hostility, an attitude unquestionably based in some measure of fear. The Negro man who was most humiliated thereby; the male was more likely to use public facilities, which rapidly became segregated once the process began. Keeping the Negro "in his place" can be translated as keeping the Negro male in his place: the female was not a threat to anyone."
All would agree that romance is a vital part of life for most people, and forever women have always wanted to look nice for men by keeping themselves in shape and dressing well. But if there aren't any men to do that for with most black men being locked up by the American government and many of the ones not locked up are boyish in nature, where does this powerful female turn to for comfort?
If you said food, you hit it right on the head.
Now do you see how obesity could be associated with race in some cases?
Of course, no one is forcing food down our throat today like in Africa, but maybe black women are eating and trying to watch their weight while waiting for her knight in shining armor and many cases go too far and wind up tricking herself into believing otherwise.
Let's face it, she may have a long wait, and honestly, if this is the case, there is no man that's worth obesity. It's better to be fit, alive and alone.
A study showed almost half of African American women who were overweight reported that they were of normal weight; and while obese women were more likely to recognize themselves as overweight, they were not likely to categorize themselves as obese. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921822/
So, as concerned brothers, we need to ask black women.
Your accomplishments are well recorded. You've been the backbone of our race throughout history. When the black man was harshly emasculated by wicked and evil racist and took his frustration out on you, you kept quiet and dealt with it because you understood.
But after the Civil Rights movement, you fearlessly challenged the white power structure that was a total mockery of democracy by those who claimed they loved American principles and law. You achieved and soared like the Eagles while out-performing the racially targeted and intimidated black male who now had law on his side to produce but chose a foolish life to live instead of fighting an intelligent battle against these anti-Americans.
You are truly inspirational and amazing! Our ancestors would be proud.
But what we want to know now is, why are you killing yourself?
(Humor) Just what size do most men prefer?
Women of all races are beautiful, but the curvy and voluptuous ones hold a special place in the hearts of a lot of men.
It's a well-known fact that men love a healthy woman with a little meat on her bones. (but not too much) It's been this way forever and very desirable to many.
Are there more causes for obesity in your opinion?
As mentioned earlier there isn't one single cause for obesity, but an educated guess would be the technology explosion of video games and computers which dangerously merged with convenience and fast foods, in place of healthy home-cooked meals. Some health organizations have criticized the high fat, sugar, salt, food preservatives and food additives. Also, all Americans began to live more sedentary lifestyles. Higher education also plays a role in obesity of black women because the smarter and more informed black women are less likely to fall into the obesity trap.
Eating out, which had previously been considered a luxury, became a common occurrence, and then a necessity. We didn't believe fast food could be as harmful as the experts were saying and it took much time for it to sink in that it was detrimental to us. We learned that eating too much fast food has been linked to, among other things, colorectal cancer, obesity and high cholesterol and by then we wee already hooked and became a part of life for many.
In a study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, 20 African Americans and 20 South Africans switched diets for two weeks. In this time, the Africans consumed traditional American food of meat and cheese high in fat content, while African Americans took on a traditional African diet, which was high in fiber and low in fat, with plenty of vegetables, beans, and cornmeal, with little meat.
After the exchange, researchers performed colonoscopies on both groups and found that those in the African diet group increased the production of butyrate, a fatty acid proven to protect against colon cancer. Members of the American diet group, on the other hand, developed changes in their gut that scientists say precede the development of cancerous cells. Time for us to seriously modify the way we look at food!
We all know who are hurt by fast food but who really benefits from it?
Well, that's a no-brainer. It's the evil and wicked Rapacity Prey. He's behind many of America's problems ever since it's beginning. He hides in the shadows and runs our lives without us ever realizing it. He's always been around. But the truth is finally starting to appear.
In 2006, the global fast-food market grew by 4.8% and reached a value of 102.4 billion and a volume of 80.3 billion transactions. Global fast-food sales were projected to reach $239.7 billion in 2014. In India alone, the fast-food industry is growing by 41% a year. McDonald's has outlets in 126 countries on six continents and operates over 31,000 restaurants worldwide. Rapacity got paid!
Obesity has been cited as a contributing factor to approximately 100,000–400,000 deaths in the United States per year and has increased health care use and expenditures, costing society an estimated $117 billion in direct (preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services related to weight) and indirect (absenteeism, loss of future earnings due to premature death) costs made payable to Rapcaity Prey.
Does Rapacity work in an organized way or just randomly?
The average restaurant meal is four times larger than it was in the 1950s.
The size of American-manufactured dinner plates has increased nearly 23%, from 9.6 inches to 11.8 inches, since 1900.
A study describes the subconscious bias to consume more food when served on larger dinner plates.
The very sinister Rapacity Prey has selected men who sit around a massive desk devising ways to take our money and even our life without shedding a tear. Blacks and women are not allowed in his group. His workers are very organized with one thing in their minds, profit, profits and more profits! When they make us fat, he gets paid, and when they kill us, he gets paid. As usual, it's a win-win situation for Mr. Rapacity Prey, you evil and disgusting tyrant.
Blacks need to know.
What exactly does being overweight and obese mean?
Overweight refers to an excess amount of body weight that may come from muscles, bone, fat, and water.
Obese or obesity refers to an excess amount of body fat.
What are the causes of being overweight and obese.
The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended.
In other words, all food and drink that goes into the mouth are held accountable by the body. If a person doesn't do some form of exercise to pay for the luxury of eating and drinking, it will charge us a body fat ticket.
The delightful sensations our taste buds enjoyed from eating that juicy cheeseburger were fleeting and has now long disappeared, but our body we heaped all these calories hasn't forgotten and demands to know how we are going to discard of it all. When it doesn't receive a reply from us, it stores it as fat. We do the same thing the next day, and the body does the same thing storing the food as fat until in time to deal with this body fat or suffer the consequences.
The body needs a certain amount of energy (calories) from food to keep up basic life functions. Body weight tends to remain the same when the number of calories eaten equals the number of calories the body uses or “burns.” Over time, when people eat and drink more calories than they burn, the energy balance tips toward weight gain, overweight, and obesity.
Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity
Excessive body weight is associated with various diseases, particularly cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus type 2, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, osteoarthritis and asthma. As a result, obesity has been found to reduce life expectancy.
type 2 diabetes
high blood pressure
nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (excess fat and inflammation in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol)
osteoarthritis (a health problem causing pain, swelling, and stiffness in one or more joints)
some types of cancer: breast, colon, endometrial (related to the uterine lining), and kidney
How can we help ourselves?
It's all about education. We need to share useful health information instead of the latest weave style or hip-hop gossip. Wherever it may be, at the church, store, social settings, and even at the bus stop. It's also important to move forward with public health campaigns to help overweight African Americans recognize and prevent overweight and obesity.
Early recognition and understanding of the health impacts of overweight may heighten the perceived threat of excess weight gain, thus motivating people to change behaviors to prevent overweight and obesity. We need to help one another because nobody else is going to do it for us.
We must stop waiting for America to do things for us and rely on our impressive black power to get obesity rates down. Simple as that. Now, put that hamburger down!