According to the United States surgeon general, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, black women are putting their health at risk by skipping exercise to protect the time and money in our hair.
Because, let’s face it, who wants to spend hundreds of dollars and hours out of your day getting your do just right only to have to sweat it out a few hours later.
Despite the fact that she knows our plight personally, Dr. Benjamin stopped by an Atlanta trade show to encourage women to not skimp on their health for the sake of beauty.
Especially as the black woman, long prized for her voluptous curves, has now turned the corner in leading the world in obesity.
According to government reports, nearly 50 percent of black women over age 20 years old are overweight or obese, compared with 33 percent of white women and 43 percent of Hispanic women.
Researchers from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina sampled 103 black women from the area, and they found that about a third exercised less because they were concerned it would jeopardize their hair. Unfortunately, about 88 percent of these women did not meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for physical activity, which is 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise each week, or about 20 minutes a day.
- Do black women prize good hair over good health? What surgeon general says (cbsnews.com)
- Well Blog: Surgeon General Calls for Health Over Hair (well.blogs.nytimes.com)