Asa Lovechild:Star Jones And Others Fight Obesity Among African American Women

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Star Jones,Nicole Ari Parker and Toni Carey are just a few of the women, who are taking action against obesity. In today’s USA Today, the women talk about what motivated them to get healthy, not just lose weight. For Parker it was frustration, for Jones it was her health and she had no choice but to lose the wait. For Carey, it was reinventing herself and getting a new start, after a bad break-up. Whatever the motivation, these ladies took the first step to leading better lives and threw out the excuses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African American women have the highest obesity rate. It is noted that four out of five black women have a body index of 25%.

The cause of it may be the foods that African Americans consume, with soul food being loaded with salt, grease, and fat. In a study that the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation did earlier this year, they found that 66% of overweight black women had high self-esteem, while 41% of averaged sized white women had high self-esteem.

Star Jones talks about the enabling words that did not help her want to lead a healthier life. “We have to get ourselves out of being conditioned to think that using soft words so we don’t hurt peoples’ feelings is doing them any favor,” Jones said. “Curvy, big-boned, hefty, full-figured, fluffy, chubby. Those are all words designed to make people feel better about themselves. That wasn’t helpful to me.”Nutritionist Dr. Rovenia M. Brock agrees with Jones. “Our plates are killing us.” “We have to get out of this wimpy, ‘woe is me’ mentality.”

Nicole Ari Parker is helping to eliminate the excuse that, women cannot work out because they will mess up their hair. She has created the Gymwrap, which helps to eliminate hair breakage caused by sweating in the gym. She also says that your environment can be used as your own personal gym. Walking stairs, or walking around your local track for free.

Parker says, “No. Exercise is about being grateful for the body you have and sustaining the life you have. … Take all the hype out of the exercise and think of it as brushing your teeth.”

Toni Carey, 28, and her sorority sister Ashley Hicks, 29, are the founders Black Girls Run. The organization has more than 52,000 members and 60 groups nationwide.  These ladies coordinate races all over the country. In January, they take their first “Black Girls Run — Preserve the Sexy” to cities that have a high obesity rating. They will conduct fitness clinics, provide nutrition information, hair maintenance, and running gear. This is all in an effort to get women moving and motivated to take the first step.

Carey says,”We found that when you want to get healthy and when you want to be active, it’s intimidating. You don’t know where to start. There’s a little coaxing that has to go along with that.”





Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City.

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