NYTimes ‘Black Women And Fat’ Writer Responds To Critics

Weight loss tools, including a clear glass scale and a tape measure“Many black women are fat because we want to be,” Alice Randall stated in her NYTimes Op-Ed piece that sparked a firestorm of online criticism and backlash.

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And Randall wants to make one thing clear…“it is one woman’s opinion. I am not speaking for all black women, but I am speaking for a group of middle-aged women, out of the experience of Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama where I have deep roots.”

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I understand Alice Randall’s opinion on why black women are fat. As a Black woman who was raised in North Carolina, once weighed 350 pounds and is now 250, many of Randall’s observations closely mirror my own personal experience with body image and weight.

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While Randall is essentially advocating for healthy living and increased awareness amongst the Black community, many criticized the notion that all Black women are fat because they want to be, Black men appreciate it, and/or it signifies ancestral strength and beauty. Many, tired of what is perceived to be a media assault on Black women’s success, marital status (or lack there of) have grown weary of the “Black women are…” chatter.

While Randall’s experience may seem foreign to many Black women, I can relate. I remember losing the affections of a man who saw me 100 pounds lighter and expressed his disdain in my appearance, telling me I’d gotten “too skinny.” As a size 18, I looked at myself in the mirror in confusion, wondering how my thick thighs and round belly were considered “skinny?” Yes, some men do love that extra jiggle and therefore many Black women would rather keep the bodies they’ve acquired than try the latest workout craze.

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New Birth Control Warning

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Birth control pills that contain the hormone drospirenone must now carry a warning that they may increase the risk for potentially fatal blood clots, according to the FDA.

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Drospirenone is a synthetic version of the female sex hormone progesterone. Birth control pills containing this hormone include:

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Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceutical’s Beyaz, Safyral, Yasmin, and Yaz brands, as well as several other brands (Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Syeda, and Zarah).

The new action is the result of an extensive review of the literature. The FDA stated that manufacturers must add information to product labels about studies linking these birth control pills to blood clot risks. The revised drug labels will state that some studies have found as high as a threefold increase in the risk of blood clots among women taking these contraceptives, compared with those who took other progestin-containing pills. Other studies found no additional risk of blood clots.

Women should talk to their doctors about their risk for blood clots before choosing a birth control method, the FDA states.