YOU CAN'T BODY SHAME AN OVERWEIGHT BLACK WOMAN
The Civil Writer Magazine
Jillian Michaels the Hollywood fitness trainer is accused of body-shaming Lizzo after comments she made about the artist's weight. Melissa Viviane Jefferson, known professionally as Lizzo, is an overweight American singer-songwriter, rapper, and flutist. Lizzo's height is 5 ft 10 in and her weight is 308 lbs. Lizzo is considered 'stout' somewhat fat or of heavy build. Let's get this out of the way, reports suggest that African American women have a greater (SM) skeletal muscle and bone mass than do white women of similar weight, height, and age. Besides African Americans comes from distant roots in West Africa a part of the continent where people are big boned aka larger than average (this can also be described as "stocky").
Black women carry some pride in being thick and robust, having a fuller body. Now, to direct the attention to their hair as nappy carries a better chance of image shaming. Black women are disproportionately burdened with obesity. An estimated 80% are overweight. Four out of five black women have a body mass index above 25 percent, the threshold for being overweight or obese.
We have to get ourselves out of being conditioned to think that "Curvy, big-boned, hefty, full-figured, fluffy, chubby means unhealthy. Yes, it can be and often is a gateway to poor health if the DNA is susceptible to high blood pressure, diabetes, and other diseases...etc. So give Jillian Michaels a pass for caring but her words cannot body shame a black woman. Yes it can for white women who seems to pride themselves on being frail, anorexic, small, thin and an abundance of other small words but regardless of how big Black women are they will always manifest a pride in being big and sexy.