Thursday, December 8, 2011

Fat black women feel too good about themselves


Here is exhibit thirtyleventybillion of how the positive attributes of black women are twisted, folded and rejiggered through a racist and sexist lens to be negative. From the Huffington Post:
Whether rooted in the old "big boned" theory or a reluctance to work out for beauty sake, researchers say that black women's perception of obesity differs from that of white women.
Tiffany L. Cox, and her team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND, and Obesity and Quality of Life Consulting in Durham, NC analyzed data between 2000 and 2010 and found that most obese women are dissatisfied with their quality of life when compared to women of "normal" weight, but black women report a higher quality of life than white women of the same weight. (Quality of life measures included physical function, self-esteem, sexual life, public distress and work.) Self-esteem also ranked particularly high among black women. 
 The study, published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, also found that black women appear to be more concerned about the physical limitations resulting from obesity, than by the potential mental and emotional consequences of being overweight or obese. Read more...
For black women, this would appear to be good news, yes? No. Not according to HuffPo. Let's review the fails, shall we?


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