From the Scientific American, ladies and gents:
Say it with me now:
Let's go through a few pieces of this article. It's so bad it's actually a work of art.
Black women have also been identified as the subgroup with the highest body mass index (BMI) in the U.S., with four out of five classified as either "overweight" or "obese." Many doctors have claimed that black women's "excess" weight is the main cause of their poor health outcomes, often without fully testing or diagnosing them. While there has been a massive public health campaign urging fat people to eat right, eat less and lose weight, black women have been specifically targeted.
Perhaps — just spitballing here — perhaps black women have been specifically targeted by public health campaigns addressing obesity because, as the author says earlier in the same paragraph, "Black women have also been identified as the subgroup with the highest body mass index."
Just a thought?
The next sentence is just *chef's kiss*:
This heightened concern about their weight is not new; it reflects the racist stigmatization of black women's bodies.
To be clear: The Scientific American is telling you that the most obese subgroup in the U.S. is black women, and that concern about the health implications of obesity — championed by folks like, say, Michelle Obama — "reflects the racist stigmatization of black women's bodies."
Today the idea that weight is the main problem dogging black women builds on these historically racist ideas and ignores how interrelated social factors impact black women's health. It also perpetuates a misinformed and damaging message about weight and health. Indeed, social determinants have been shown to be more consequential to health than BMI or health behaviors.
Who said "weight is the main problem dogging black women"? Did you? I didn't. Don't know where that came from. Looks like they're really stretching the narrative there (no pun intended 😬).
Doctors often tell fat people that dietary control leading to weight loss is the solution to their health problems. But many studies show that the stigma associated with body weight, rather than the body weight itself, is responsible for some adverse health consequences blamed on obesity, including increased mortality risk.
Those two sentences you just read make me want to kiss the business end of an ignited howitzer.
"Doctors often tell fat people that dietary control leading to weight loss is the solution to their health problems." No, they don't. Not THE solution to ALL their health problems. Losing weight, if you're fat, is A solution to MANY health problems. The S.A. author's statement here is false.
"But many studies show that the stigma associated with body weight, rather than the body weight itself, is responsible for some adverse health consequences blamed on obesity, including increased mortality risk." Think of the gaping brain power void required to type this sentence immediately after its predecessor. It's not being fat that's unhealthy — it's the stigma associated with being fat, the author says. First off, that's untrue. Secondly, THE ANSWER TO EITHER PROBLEM IS THE SAME YOU DOLT! Lose weight, relieve health issues. Lose weight, ease stigma. What am I missing here.
Get ready for this next part...
Regardless of income, black women consistently experience weightism in addition to sexism and racism. From workplace discrimination and poor service at restaurants to rude or objectifying commentary online, the stress of these life experiences contributes to higher rates of chronic mental and physical illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, depression and anxiety.
Where's that howitzer.
That sentence literally says that it's "the stress" caused by "weightism" that "leads to higher rates of chronic mental and physical illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, depression and anxiety."
Not being fat, no. The stress associated with people's reaction to you being fat.
This dumpster fire of an article perfect illustrates our generation's toxic entitlement, victim mentality.
- Everyone else's fault, not mine!
- Everyone else's responsibility, not mine!
- There exists no thing I can't shoehorn into my victimhood narrative!
- I live in the most privileged point in the history of humankind -- to the point that I have so much food to eat that I eat too much and am morbidly obese -- and it's not my fault! I am oppressed!