In news that continues to perpetuate myths and stereotypes, a new study, which is a repeat of previous studies, suggests black women are comfortable being overweight in comparison to their white counterparts.
While all obese women are less satisfied with the weight-related quality of their lives than women of ‘normal’ weight, black women report a higher quality of life than white women of the same weight. In addition, black women appear to be more concerned about the physical limitations resulting from their obesity, than by the potential psychological consequences of being overweight or obese.
The researchers found that for all women, as BMI rose, quality of life fell. However, there were notable differences in weight-related quality of life between black and white women. At similar BMIs, black women consistently scored higher on quality of life measures than white women, with self-esteem being particularly higher among black women.
These findings by Dr. Tiffany L. Cox, and her team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND, and Obesity and Quality of Life Consulting in Durham, NC, are published online in Springer’s journal Applied Research in Quality of Life.
The authors suggest that the relationship between weight and quality of life in black women may be partially explained by body image and social norms. Because black women are typically more accepting of larger body sizes, there may be less reporting of impaired quality of life in this group.
Dr. Cox comments: “The implications of this relationship between weight and quality of life in black women remain unclear. While the highest quality of life is desirable as an indicator of overall well-being, black women’s perception of experiencing a high quality of life despite having a high BMI may also dampen motivation for attempting weight loss. Additional research is needed to understand the potentially bidirectional relationship between weight and quality of life in black women.”
Oh, those irrational black women … So, according to this “new” research, black women are either brainwashed by the countless music videos and men’s lustful jeers that fetishize large buttocks and breasts that they think this attention is positive affirmation, or they’re so environmentally disenfranchised that black women give up and accept obesity, creating a new normal for their culture when it comes to health and well-being.
Basically, black women care about diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and/or the myriad of health-related consequences due to sedentary lifestyles and obesity, but since their partners and family will accept them, this love will keep them out of the gym and front and center at the dinner table.
Interesting … I’m calling B.S.:
Both of these aforementioned generalizations are as absurd as this research. Black women seem to do what they’ve always done — stay as positive as possible in the face negative factors such as food deserts, no local farming, and grocery stores full of refined sugar, fat, and salt.
Both black and white women have to deal with severe shaming when it comes to weight, but considering the politics and economic realities — you know, wealth gaps and such — that face both races, respectively, whites on average will have access to many more avenues for help in the form of dietitians, personal trainers, and family members with similar resources.
Sound-Off: Do black women want attention and acceptance more than health and true well-being? Can’t they have both?