Ok, this article is right up my ally ! As a vegetarian it was refreshing to find this article on the benefits of going meatless in the Black/African American community. Sadly most of our communities are the ones plagued with the worst processed, fast food chains (which the article also points out). So this article is very informative & gives the pros for a healthier way of eating. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂
Getting Healthy: Black Women Saying No to Meat
The statistics are clear: four out of five black women are overweight or obese. Combined with the troubling rates of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, we have become our worst enemy through poor weight management, minimal exercise, and eating unhealthy. Temporary health solutions will not change our health circumstances; our collective battle with weight and unhealthy eating requires a lifestyle change. There are numerous black women adopting vegetarian and vegan lifestyles as one solution and rethinking black women’s ongoing relationship with meat. Can a meatless lifestyle benefit more black women? And, how do our perceptions of these eating lifestyles influence our willingness to engage with them?
While vegetarianism and veganism are not limited to one racial, gender, class or age group, the advertised faces of these eating lifestyles primarily are white, skinny, and female. As non-skinny bodies are worshiped within black American communities, how do these stereotypes impact black women’s motivation to pursue these alternative-eating lifestyles?
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