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Nomalanga: Defending Obesity Is Not Cute

By Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses

Not long ago, I wrote a blog post suggesting that a young woman who was overweight and had recently acquired a platform ought to use the platform to address the challenges and effects of being overweight (or obese or even corpulent). The problem with discussing weight issues is that people, especially women, tend to become very, very defensive. Long story short, the conversation did not go as I intended, but instead turned into a debate about whether or not making such a suggestion was mean spirited or not. Just to be clear, my intention was not a mean spirited one.

Because I have had my own challenges with managing my weight, I do feel that, unlike the people who have never known the frustration of being able to mange most things in your life except your weight, I feel like I approach the subject in a more realistic way.

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3 Responses to Nomalanga: Defending Obesity Is Not Cute

  1. Ruby from NJ Reply

    March 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I was never obese, but became too heavy for good health. I had always been very active. The weight gain started when I began a job where I sat at a desk all day. I had to re-learn how to eat. Soul food and fast food are killing Black people, so I c*t out most soul food or altered the recipes. I eat junk food only rarely.

  2. Barbara Reply

    December 10, 2012 at 12:33 am

    Obesity is a serious problem. It needs to be discussed along with ways to combat it successfully.

    I’ve never been fat, but I have some relatives who are. I speak to them about eating “healthier.” My fat relatives have healthy foods available to them, but they prefer to eat mostly unhealthy foods and lots of sugar. They teach their children these poor eating habits.

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