Obesity Warps The Shape & Function of Young Hearts

When it comes to your health, bigger isn’t always better. In the Black community, we love our hips, curves and extra junk in the trunk. It’s naturally on us and beautifully a part of our genetic make-up. However, when is it too much? What is the cut-off point of excess weight?

In the eyes of mainstream society, people who carry these extra curves and genes are in fact considered “obese”. As confusing and as hard for Black communities to understand, the bodies we’ve known to have all our lives, are simply not healthy for us.

Doctors have long known that obesity raises the risk for heart disease later in life, but new research reveals it can damage even young hearts.

British scientists found that young adults who had a higher body mass index (BMI) – an estimate of body fat based on height and weight – had higher blood pressure and thickened heart muscle.

“Our results simply suggest that