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By: Sporty Afros
Why Black Women Are Fat, Part 2 – The Skinny Girl Edition
When I read the Alex’s take on the “why black women are fat” article I wholeheartedly agreed. There are other factors at work here such as lack of access to healthy food, lack of knowledge about fitness and how food affects your health. But I think the biggest problem is the cultural perception. In the black community it is widely accepted to be overweight or “thick”. Growing up as a skinny black girl, I was affected by this first hand. I always felt like I was an alien from mars because I was taller and skinner than all of my friends. And boy, did I get an earful. Constantly. I usually heard one of the following lines from boys:
- “Oh you’re cute, but you’re too skinny” Usually followed by “call me when you gain __fill in the blank__ lbs”
- “Dang girl do you eat?”
- “Where’s your butt?”