Black women in America may tend to be heavier than white women but they are far happier with their bodies, a study has found:
A nationwide survey found that 66 per cent of overweight or obese black women had high self esteem compared to 41 per cent of average-sized or thin white women.
The survey by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation interviewed more than 800 women across America to compile one of the most comprehensive studies in decades.
However black women remain more likely to slip into obesity and suffer higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other weight-related health problems. The survey discovered that 90 per cent of black women thought living a healthful lifestyle is very important, outranking religion, career and marriage.
Having ‘meat on your bones’ and ‘something to grab on to’ has always been considered healthy and larger black women celebrated and flaunted their bodies. “Big, black and beautiful” as the motto goes.
But do you feel that because being big has become widely accepted in the Black Community as opposed to other races?
Has that perception of beauty translated into our health taking a backseat, whereas in the White community being considered big is normally associated with being unhealthy?