1.4 times more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic whites. While the facts are clear, I started to think what happens in our black lives that condition us to be overweight or contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle.
It all starts as children. One of the many contributors to this is how we are often conditioned as children to have a relationship with food. For as long as I can remember, its a sin in a black household to not “clean your plate.”
As children, we are taught that in order to be dismissed from the dinner table we cant leave a drop of food on our plates once dinner is served. While this is a practice black moms and grandmas over the world put in place and have made their signature, it conditions us to indulge in problematic thinking that we MUST eat everything sometimes even if we are full.
I’m sure we can all relate to hearing this once or twice.
Black bodies have always been mocked for their curvature in the past. In today’s terms, we’ve moved to a place where “thick” and “curvy” are now glorified. All over we