The Color of Obesity

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According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2007 African American women had the highest rate of obesity compared to other groups in the U.S. We are bulging at the seams, literally! The reasons for this difference are complex. Nevertheless, we suffer the consequences, including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

What does racism have to do with the obesity rate among African American women? Maybe nothing but some believe that socioeconomic disparities is one of the many complex contributors. It hinders the ability to afford healthier food and prohibits extra time to engage in physical exercise.

The far-reaching effects of racism may persist until eternity, but remember, God created a working, healthy body so He knows how it works. When we think of God, we tend to focus only on the spiritual. However, God also cares about the health of the body because He cares about us.

True, one day our bodies will give way to death, if Jesus does not come back first. That’s why God cares for us beyond our bodies. Jesus said that He came to give us life more abundant (John 10:10). He gives life beyond life. But Jesus meets us in this life, still able to address our physical ailments.

In the meantime, if we eat a more balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, drink water and limit fats, we will flourish. Our grocery bills may go up some, but we will save money in the future, because we will be healthier.

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