Black obesity, White neurosis? Neither? Or both?
sondjata wrote in response to my previous posting:
"I have issues with this. In the US and elsewhere overweight men and women suffer disproportionately from Hypertension, Diabeties and related illnesses. If reducing ones weight can lead to a healthier life with less doctor visits and less reliance on medication in old(er) age, then that should not be looked at as 'Western' but rather as healthy."
Allow me to respond. Obesity is absolutely a health problem, leading among other crises to heart attacks, strokes and diabetes, not to mention a general lowering of quality of life in that obesity limits mobility. As well, the small-minded discriminate against the obese and arbitrarily determine what is considered "overweight."
For instance: “The statistics are appalling: According to a 2004 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a study by Yale University predicts that if childhood obesity maintains its current pace, today’s children will suffer heart attacks and strokes by their early 20s. In addition, it is estimated that 30 percent of boys and 40 percent of girls born in 2000 will become diabetic osteoporosis (also very rare outside the centre of the Empire).
It is also true that White European ideals of body shape are quite frequently unhealthy even for White Europeans; the diet and lifestyle of the urban, industrial Empire has brought with it the harsh effects of menopause (virtually unknown in much of the rest of the world; even in industrial Japan, the negative effects of menopause are so rare that Japanese has no word or phrase for "hot flashes") and osteoporosis (also very rare outside the centre of the Empire).
Once you add in the neuroses of body-shape which always lead to lower quality of life (in morale) and sometimes lead to depression (in addition to abuse of diet drugs, laxatives and steroids), and then even to psychoses of eating disorders which may threaten their lives, and it becomes clear that the Empire's body/food values are frequently destructive.
Afrikamerica has a crisis with food and health, no doubt--abundance of junk food and fast food, and scarcity of high quality healthy food. LaDonna Redmond, President and CEO of the Institute for Community Resource Development in West Garfield, Chicago, says, “It’s a real chore to get a salad. We can purchase illegal drugs, weapons, Nike trainers and junk food, but we can’t get a salad.”