Black Women Are Fat Because We Want to Be

In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Alice Randall says that black fat is different, culturally, from white fat. But she is determined to be the last overweight woman in her family.

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In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Alice Randall says that black fat is different, culturally, from white fat. But she is determined to be the last overweight woman in her family.

What we need is a body-culture revolution in black America. Why? Because too many experts who are involved in the discussion of obesity don’t understand something crucial about black women and fat: many black women are fat because we want to be ...

Chemically, in its ability to promote disease, black fat may be the same as white fat. Culturally it is not.

How many white girls in the ’60s grew up praying for fat thighs? I know I did. I asked God to give me big thighs like my dancing teacher, Diane. There was no way I wanted to look like Twiggy, the white model whose boy-like build was the dream of white girls. Not with Joe Tex ringing in my ears.

How many middle-aged white women fear their husbands will find them less attractive if their weight drops to less than 200 pounds? I have yet to meet one.

But I know many black women whose sane, handsome, successful husbands worry when their women start losing weight. My lawyer husband is one.

Read Alice Randall's entire piece at the New York Times.

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