It’s almost 1am on a Saturday night and I’m on this “all white” boat ride (I hate when people tell me what color to wear to an event – especially white! I wore multi-colored pants and a white tee, but anyway…) and I can’t help but notice that at least 75% of us black women on the boat are obese and unshapely. And they’re wearing revealing clothing – high splits up the sides of their skirts, poom poom shorts, etc. I turned to my friend and said “I’m way too hard on myself.”
I’m not skinny by any means — but, we need to do better as far as investing in our health.
In my talk with celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins, he noted that black women are more likely to invest in superficial things like nails and expensive hairstyles than in health and wellness. He’s absolutely right. I see nothing wrong with staying well-groomed and spending money on hair, accessories, etc. But invest in taking care of your body and spirit too.
White clothing can be very unflattering, especially if you have a muffin top or excess body fat. But I don’t think any color could camouflage what I’m seeing. (And I’ll be honest – I told my friend who invited me that I look blobbish in all white.)
I think about fitness all the time. Actually, I’m pretty sure I’m the only one sitting here thinking about body fat, obesity, and how black women need to step up our game on the fitness front.
(So, I’m obsessed or nah?) Especially at the rate we’re dying from preventable illnesses like heart disease. I think the tide is changing in favor of that, but not fast enough.
And why am I sitting down on a boat ride (a party on the water for those who haven’t experienced it)? Because the crowd is still scarce and the boat is leaving the dock two hours late. I think I’ll have fun though. Dancing is great cardio!
Why do you think some of us are more inclined to spend on superficial things, and not health and wellness? Have you or someone you know been affected by obesity-related illness? What was the outcome? Why do you think it is that some people seem comfortable being morbidly obese?