By: Allegra Balmadier The increasing rate of obesity in the United States is getting lots of attention. Unfortunately, much of the conversation oversimplifies the issue as purely about diet and exercise. In reality, higher body weights stem from a complex combination of reasons still not entirely understood. What is clear is that much of the shift is societal or systemic … [Read more...] about The cost of obesity
When it comes to your health, bigger isn’t always better. In the Black community, we love our hips, curves and extra junk in the trunk. It’s naturally on us and beautifully a part of our genetic make-up. However, when is it too much? What is the cutoff point of excess weight? In the eyes of mainstream society, people who carry these extra curves and genes are in fact … [Read more...] about Obesity warps the shape and function of young hearts
By: Brandon Herring Weight has pretty much always been a struggle for me for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I was always the chubby kid and even throughout my teenage years I was always the big guy. Fortunately enough for me, I was never teased because of my weight so I didn’t develop any long-term insecurities or struggles with self-image or self-esteem (thank … [Read more...] about Could traditional black family ideals be promoting obesity?