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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. The first step to tackling being overweight is to acknowledge it-remember: you can not change that which you can not acknowledge. To further clarify what the effects of being overweight are and also at what point a person is actually overweight, I reached out to Yonka Beckem , a  personal trainer as well as a health and wellness expert. Beckem outlined the following as effects of being overweight:  insulin resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes Joint problems (osteoarthritis) breathing problems  cancers  hearty disease  strokes Beckem went on to further elaborate on these effects as follows: “Insulin resistance is when your liver, fat and muscle cells stop responding correctly to insulin. As a result, blood sugar doesn’t get to these cells to be stored for energy. This causes high levels of blood sugar to build up in the blood, which is also known as hyperglycemia. Obesity leads to osteoarthritis, which is wear and  tear on the joints. Bio mechanically, the force on the knee joint is three times your body weight when walking, and more when performing more intense forms of activity. This means that a 300 lb person’s knee joints are getting 600 lbs of force. This wears out the cartilage in the knee, which leads to pain from bones rubbing together from not having the cushion between them. Hypertension (high blood pressure & infertility are also effects of being obese). She also shared the following useful pieces of information: A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more constitutes being obese; as well as a body fat percentage of 30% or more. 60 million Americans are overweight of which 35% is obese. Obesity is the #2 preventable cause of death. So there are the facts. The next time the subject of being overweight comes up, instead of jumping to the defensive position, please consider that being overweight and not being diligent about overcoming it is like killing yourself slowly, but surely. Do women have to be skinny to be cute? Of course not, you can be “fuller” and still be a “knockout” but lets not mask our weight management issues (or lack of) with cliches like “phat and fabulous” or whatever Monique, the comedian,  is saying these days. And for those ladies who used to use her as a role model, please note that she said all those things, in defense of her obesity, and then went and lost weight, so the joke is on you. Nomalanga helps Black Women thrive in their lives and careers. She is a Social Commentator , an Editor at Your Black World , Assistant Professor of Professional Studies and the reigning Mrs Botswana. Visit Nomalanga’s blog at successfulblackwoman.com

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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  1. 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 cut out most soul food or altered the recipes. I eat junk food only rarely.

  2. 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.

  3. Maybe she feels like she is more than her weight, maybe it's simply obnoxious of U to tell her what she should be using HER platform for. if u have battled obesity, perhaps u should use UR platform to address that, she has every right to be offended, u come off as obnoxious and super-annoying!

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