*I’ll be sharing pictures of Black women who are considered overweight based on their BMI index. It’s important for me to note that these women are active and healthy despite being considered overweight.*
I’ll be the first to admit that there is a problem with obesity globally. Some of it is due to health problems and the side effects of certain medicines which in my opinion, is not the person’s fault. Tonight, I’m arguing against the BMI index used to calculate “healthy” weight for all women and men. The BMI index, when it comes to Black women and men, is very skewed because it doesn’t take into consideration the bone density and fat deposits of Black women and men.
For those of you who may not know, the BMI index was created using the height and weight measurements of White men and women. Ask yourself, how is that not skewed? Studies have shown that genetically, Black people have heavier and denser bones compared to any other race. In addition to that, we have higher fat deposits in our thighs, hips and buttocks area which is also genetic. When you take that into consideration, that already tips the scales 5-10 lbs or more in regards to the “standard” BMI index.
Take a look at the following women below? They are all active, but are still considered overweight due to their BMI index. Having dense bones already makes you weigh more, but when you have thick thighs, hips and buttocks, that makes you weigh even more.
Makes you wonder about the “true” statistics regarding the number of Black people considered overweight. 🤔
Until next time…