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Why are so many black women overweight or obese?

While most Americans, period, are at least overweight, I read that a larger segment of this population is African-American women. Why???

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:51 PM on Dec. 1, 2010 in Diet & Fitness

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    This article does some explaining. In addition to what it lists, I think it can also be a cultural thing, that certain races/cultures consider it more socially acceptable, even attractive, to be "thick".


    Answer by vicesix at 3:06 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • What is the purpose of this somewhat offensive question?


    ...and asked anonymously. It feels like a passive-aggressive dig on African-Americans.

    Even assuming no negative intent on your part, I still don't understand what you could hope to accomplish with this question.

    Answer by ss_mom at 4:21 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • I don't understand the purpose for this question. Just about every nationality have ppl that are overweight and obese, so why pinpoint just the one?? racist much?

    Answer by vjoaquin at 5:50 PM on Dec. 1, 2010

  • I don't know if there are more overweight AA people or not, but, I do know that black men do not expect their women to be skinny like white men do and that womanly black women are still considered attractive. like Queen Latifa and Sherry Shepard.

    Answer by onethentwins at 3:43 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • Seems like a generalization because I think obesity is a problem across the board ...

    Answer by tasches at 5:30 PM on Dec. 2, 2010

  • interesting question - never really considered ethnic implications on weight


    Answer by mrsljamieson at 11:52 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • Wow, interesting question I'd say.

    Answer by sstepph at 8:43 AM on Jan. 7, 2011

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