Hair Deters Many African-American Women from Exercising

Michelle Castillo, CBS News, December 18, 2012

The costly and timely upkeep of hairstyles may be preventing many African American women from working out.

The new study, published in the Archives of Dermatology on Dec. 17, showed about 40 percent of African-American women skip exercising because of hair issues.

“I treat a lot of African American women in our clinic and had noticed how many of them are overweight, and I wanted to know why,” Dr. Amy J. McMichael, a dermatologist at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, said in a written statement. “I’m treating them for dermatology related issues, but as a doctor this was even more concerning because excess weight puts these women at risk for hypertension, diabetes and other serious problems.”

McMichael told Reuters that as an African-American woman, she too dealt with the hair versus exercise issue. Earlier, Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin also pointed out that haircare was an issue that deterred some women in the community from working out. Coarser hair makes it difficult to fix or straighten locks at home, making it necessary to go to the hairstylist. With one Harlem, New York salon reporting that many women pay $40 a week just to get their hair straightened, some people avoid sweating in order to not shower and preserve their hair.

{snip} Four out of five African-American women are overweight or obese, the highest rate in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2010, African-Americans were 1.4 times as likely to be obese as Non-Hispanic Whites, and African-American women were 70 percent more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women.

Researchers surveyed 103 African-American women who came to the dermatology clinic at Wake Forest University in October 2007. All subjects were between the age of 21 to 60, with an average age of 42.3. The 40-question survey asked responders how much and what type of exercise they do, how long they exercised each week and the expense and problems with their hair care.

The subjects averaged 75 minutes of exercise a week, less than the 150 minutes of moderate exercise that is recommended by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Only half of U.S. women reach that goal. More than 25 percent of the people surveyed said they didn’t exercise at all.

While all of the subjects understood it was important for them to exercise, 40 percent said they avoided exercise because of hair-related issues. One-third said that they would exercise more if it wasn’t for their hair. Only 50 percent said they changed their hairstyle to be able to exercise.

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UnitedHealthCare sponsors a yearly contest to help come up with exercise-friendly hairstyles for the African-American community as well as provide classes for hairstylists to learn how to do these hairstyles. {snip}

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  • WmarkW

    OK; now how do we get them to use birth control until they’re married.

  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    With one Harlem, New York salon reporting that many women pay $40 a week
    just to get their hair straightened, some people avoid sweating in
    order to not shower and preserve their hair.

    So they spend too much time and money on, as Norm might say, their cargo cult bling talisman hair, because they’re worried that the locker room would undo it all. So why do we think they shower at home?

    • Philip J. Fry

      Who’s Norm?

      • Puggg

        Me. It’s okay to use my real first name, I’ve used it myself to refer to me here and other places. I mean, how many 39-year old white men named Norm who live in Arnold, Missouri and have three pugs can there possibly be?

    • MikeofAges

      $40 a week? That’s the gate for anybody who wants a shop hairstyle.

      I don’t think a man can get a good haircut for less than $50. Disgraced former U.S. Representative Gary Condit. used to travel to San Francisco from his district in the San Joaquin Valley to get his $75 haircut. Lived in his district for nine years. What a snake. But his haircut is one thing I don’t hold against him. I don’t think there was anywhere in the district you could get a decent haircut for any price If you did find someone who gave you a good haircut, by the time you came back, they weren’t there anymore. Out of business. New owners. Whatever.

      If you want freedom, you got to ante up. Yeah, I got an answer. “What you think, girl. Some blond lady’s gonna show up in stretch pants, with ratty, streaked hair and a mouth full of street trash, and get a job in management just cuz? DId you hear right? You want freedom, you got to ante up.”

      • IstvanIN

        I spend $10.00 and get a perfectly good, old fashioned haircut. I don’t think most men over the age of 30 have hair of such quality to warrant a $50.00 haircut.

        • MikeofAges

          If you needed an “executive” grade haircut, you would be paying more than $10.

          I get my haircut at a local place which charges $7 and $5 for seniors. No amenities. You never know which barber you’re going get or exactly what haircut, but the price is right. I don’t expect consistency at that price. But the quality is still very close to shops double or triple the price, and the convenience much better.

          Still, I stick to the $50 or thereabouts price tag for a really good haircut. That’s a haircut, not a rock star style job.

          • mendells-selection

            there is only so much that can be done differently in a hair cut if one has straight hair. You sound like a someone who is easily sold overly expensive items with a BS sales pitch. “executive grade”? there is a haircut called “the businessman’s cut”, but it doesn’t require anything complex. It is all broken down here http://www.ftmguide.org/haircuts.html

        • Michael_C_Scott

          There’s a Korean gal near Academy & Woodmen in Colorado Springs who gives me a good haircut for $7.

          • inthehills

            There is a gal named Meredith at Hair HQ near the north gate of Peterson AFB that gives barber shop haircuts for $10 with the straight razor around the ears and back of the neck. Great quality haircut!

        • shmo123

          And after 50 any hair is quality hair!

        • josh

          Girls giggle when they see you

      • pcmustgo

        Here in NYC I get a basic trim or haircut for $15

        • pcmustgo

          ethnic hood though

    • pcmustgo

      They shower, but wear a bathing cap to protect their hair from water.

  • i am

    “The costly and timely upkeep of hairstyles may be preventing many African American women from working out.”

    The excuses are endless. Someone needs to come up with a website of excuses why blacks can’t do things.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Yes, so far we have exercising, swimming and dieting. What else?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jean-Deux/1540915347 Jean Deux

        work must be on the top of the list

        • josh

          Well the female sure works more than the male…

    • gemjunior

      What I cannot believe is that this is actually taken seriously, and published in a newspaper. Like we should know about it, because it’s information that concerns the public. Extra, extra! Read all about it. It’s really mind-numbing. The libs are engaging in their favorite pastime of showing how much they “care” about “African Americans”. Even to the point of their disgusting hair. It’s probably meant to try and make white women guilty about our own good hair. As the lifelong owner of a head of thick long shiny beautiful hair I can tell you it doesn’t work. I’m not guilty. But I have been asked many times by black women wherever they appear “Is that your real hair?” Like I would be wearing a weave like them. I’ve seen how white girls with nice hair burns their ass and how envious they are. Another thing on their hate and envy list. How unusual.

    • puffdaddy

      There is one that comes close, it’s called Stuff Black People Don’t Like.

      • i am

        I know, that is where I got the idea.

        • puffdaddy

          Maybe the web master should keep some sort of running list because the site has the best archive of this sort of thing.

      • blight14

        Just got my copy of the Atlanta/Mecca book…..

    • Jeff

      I’ve said before, we need an Amren wiki site. One section would be an “excuses” page, covering everything from legacy of slavery to lead paint in ghettos.

      Another would be dedicated to movies where heroic Bantu scientists save the world from evil white villains.

    • Svigor

      I think sloth, gluttony, and stupidity have a lot more to do with Americans’ – particularly of the African persuasion – appallingly low levels of fitness.

      • StillModerated

        It will get worse now that Obamacare is here.

    • StillModerated

      Just one excuse: It’s da man’s job.

  • fakeemail

    Sounds like us white privileged monsters should fork over a few more bucks to create the federal department of Getting Fat Peeps with Frizzy Hair to the gym.

    • StillModerated

      There’s a movie out there called: Good Hair. Chris Rock is the narrator. Bantu women will spend $2000 on hair weaves. I guess that won’t leave much for that Curves membership. Plus, many fat bantu women believe their males want want them thick. You know I look goooo!

      • The__Bobster

        They’re thick in more ways than one.

      • Dude

        Black women already have curves! Mmmmmmhmmmm! *moves head in circle*

        • Jeff

          When I saw the subject of this article I knew there were going to be some good posts. Nomsayin.

      • pcmustgo

        YEAH, ANOTHER THING THEY WASTE MONEY ON….. YET ANOTHER REASON THEY ARE POOR. EVEN A POOR/LOWER MIDDLE CLASS BLACK WOMAN WILL SPEND AN AVERAGE OF $100 A MONTH ON HAIR STRAIGHTENING/PERMING OR BRAIDING/WEAVES.

  • eduard

    That uncrowned head, and that peppercorn hairstyle really gets to them in mandelatopia. Here they wear wigs, blond, red, orange and long hair and they are so concious about it that they develop a habit of continuously running their fingers through their plasic hair. Plastic hair is so easy to burn. Not all of these uncrowned ones can afford the expensive straighteners and relaxers. It is a megabuck industry on it’s own. And if it is straightened, it has that dull, lifeless colour to it. After all, it’s in the genes, that is what they never understand.

    • mendells-selection

      the chemically straightened african hair is dead. It is stiff and doesn’t move and they grease it onto their heads so it looks like it is plastered on.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        But WHY ow WHY would anyone without ramrod straight hair even WANT it? They are better off (for their own purposes!) with afros. White hairstyles do not work for them, and it’s foolish to think that any haristylist can learn the styles of EVERy single TASTE, subculture, forshadowing, etc without giving importaqnt info away, regarfdless of experience. Look at our Warlock guy.

      • eduard

        They are made to ride on the back of a bakkie (pick-up truck).

    • i am

      this one has that jungle look

  • OlderWoman

    More excuses. Why worry about ‘dey hur’? I’ve personally seen a few senior black women exercise in a pool at the YMCA near where I used to live. If they can do it these woman can.

    • MerlinV

      Why worry about their hair? Because one look and you know they are very alien to Whites.

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      You know, in England, they actually caved into Mulsim demands to have Muslima-onnly swimming hours. Yeah, infidel girls could join – but no males, period. During public swimming hours.

      Want a Muslm swimming pool? Then build one at your local mosque. NO ONE IS STOPPING YOU.

  • MerlinV

    Blacks hate their own hair. When was the last time you saw a black, male or female, with a fro? The women use vatious treatments to straighten their hair including opposom fat. The males all keep their fros cut to near baldness so as to hide that very un-European hair of theirs. Thats African hair plain and simple.

    • Vonhauer

      Yes, unlike everyone else on the planet, only Africans lack a shaft in their hair. One of the many alien features blacks have.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        More proof of hybridization of “humanity”?

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      opossum fat? Sorry, but I could not see a worse use for a living thing than to be used as a hair-straightening agent.

      • Johnny Clay

        And Jheri Curls smell awful!

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I think everyone, of any race, dislikes African hair. There’s just something… intrinsically repelling about it. When I see it, I instantly get the message that that person, no matter how light-skinned of an African they may be, is not one of my people. It is almost as good a marker as skin color.

  • mendells-selection

    just check out almost any “Judge Judy” video on youtube to see the horrible piles of …. they have on their heads.

    • bluffcreek1967

      Funny you should point that out but, contrary to popular MSM opinion, I have NOT found Blacks to be particularly good at fashion. Their “style” (if one wishes to call it that) is almost always overly-flashy, tasteless and over-the-top. I suppose it fits their personalities. I noticed this in the schools I attended in my youth which had a lot of Blacks, including in the business world. Black males, especially, like the ‘Stacey Adams” clothing brand with its baggy and thuggish suits (Black comedian Steve Harvey likes them a lot). To the modern Black man, this is considered ‘stylish.’ It becomes even more absurd when Blacks combine their thuggish suits with ‘pimp’ hats and strut about with a cane!? Pathetic!

  • Michael_C_Scott

    I am astonished that they wouldn’t want to wreck Korean women’s shorn hair, when they’re so willing to destroy everything else with which they come in contact.

  • falsedawn

    Give me a break about the “hair.” They don’t exercise because they’re lazy behemoths who have no problem looking like some sort of beast.

  • David Ashton

    I sometimes think we are being a bit too unkind to them. They can’t help how they’re born or how out of place they feel in a mixed society, especially when their males go after white girls.
    Some of them must get a bit upset when they look in a mirror and see what looks back at them. But nothing stops them growing their hair in an appropriate Afro style, or on dieting. Afro-Americans don’t face starvation like so many of their racial relatives in Africa.

    • bluffcreek1967

      True, they can’t help how they were born. But it’s interesting that Blacks put so much effort on the externals of their looks (hair, etc.), but very little, it seems to me, on developing a gracious and friendlier disposition. Truth is, Blacks would be less feared and held in suspicion if they respectful toward others and kinder in their speech. But it’s a pipe dream because this is not who they are as a people.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        Well, a feral cat will be thin and in poor condition. A domestic cat will be sleek and run towards fatness, if the owner isn’t careful.

        Blacks are nothing more than domestic cats with an even greater sense of “I am greater than you and you owe me something” attittude than cats have, if that’s possible.

        • pcmustgo

          wow , you must be some kind of cat-hater… I don’t find cats to be entitled.

          • FourFooted_Messiah

            Nah, I love cats, i just understand what they tend to be like – I did have a Siamese, if that explains things.

        • Svigor

          Sounds like a man who’s owned at least one cat.

      • pcmustgo

        Yes, I agree , they are shallow as anything.

    • http://www.newnation.org/ sbuffalonative

      I too sometimes reflect, ‘there but for the grace of God go I”.

      The issue here is that too many of our problems result from integration. We are incomparable in many ways; culturally, socially, historically, and yes, genetically.

      If whites are to be blamed for how blacks feel and how they feel they’re treated, the solution would be voluntary segregation.

      But we always come back to this: regardless of how much blacks blame us for their lot in life, they do everything they can, including using the force of law, to be around us..

      The blame blacks hoist on us is nothing more than an excuse for their own failings. They say our cultural standards don’t work for them yet they demand to be around us.

      If blacks believed anything they said about how we make their lives miserable, they would demand segregation for their own well-being.

  • http://www.awpn.net/ Celestial Time

    Let me see if I can get this straight:

    Black women — who now refer to themselves as AFRICAN-american — want us to believe that hair inhibits their ability to exercise and sweat at levels that would reduce their gigantic derrieres. I could be wrong, but isn’t Africa a pretty hot place overall? And weren’t black people originally brought here as slaves because they were supposedly a little better acclimated to the hotter, more strenuous conditions in the South? And if this hair theory is supposed to hold water, then shouldn’t there be a huge shortage in the number of black people you see in sports?

    I think the problem lies in the fact that you can get [over]paid an enormous amount of money for being in sports, or you can get paid money for sitting on your big butt. It seems their problem lies in a distorted view of work ethic, not with their hair.

    • pcmustgo

      It sweats out not their natural, kinky hair, but will ruin the “perms” , aka hair straigtening chemical relaxers they get… that’s what it will ruin.

      • http://www.awpn.net/ Celestial Time

        I do understand what they’re trying to pass off as logic, but it still doesn’t make any sense. Have you seen the average black woman? They’re not spending that much time on their hair. White women spend a lot of time on their hair, too, getting all primped and prissy, but they still manage to not have 2 ton butts as much as black women. This is simply a matter of black women using something besides their own laziness as an excuse to explain away their obesity.

        These are the same creatures that will drive to the welfare office in their new Cadillac, or put $2,000 rims on a $1,500 car.

        • pcmustgo

          Yes, they are spending a ton of time on their hair and far, far, far more time than an asian, white or latino. If you had experience with blacks, you’d know about the 12 hour monthly braiding sessions. They even pack dvds to watch while some cousin or hair lady braids their hair. The perming/straightening also takes a lot of time, and the chemicals are painful, burning the scalp.

          They then usually blow dry it each day, put it in curlers at night and wear a cap to cover it as they sleep to keep the hairstyle neat, even sleep in certain positions to avoid ruining it. BRUSHING/COMBING KINKY AFRICAN HAIR is nearly impossible. It can take hours to comb a full head of it, and is quite painful to even run a comb through. They have to put a lot of grease/oil/etc in their hair while they comb it, because the hair is super dry regardless and breaks easily.

          The average white or asian or latina woman doesn’t do that much with their hair other than brush and go each day, put it in a pony tail, maybe blow dry it, if that, maybe style it on Saturday nights. Maybe get it dyed or highlighted once a month, etc. Unless the Latina has african blood in her, like the prs, drs, and cubans often do, and desires to get it straightened too.

          Btw, I know white women with curly hair (well, mostly Jews and Italians) who also wish they had straight hair, mainly because brushing curly hair, keeping it from frizzing out, etc, is so much more time consuming. They also often straighten the hair out with blow drys, sometimes even perms.

          Kinky hair and even curly hair is more complicated to care for.

          • FourFooted_Messiah

            WASP woman with straight hair chiming in. Straight hair is a PIta. Thin hair won`t stay styled for very long, and is impossible to duplicate back home.

            Straight hair is always crap unless you can spend countless hours waving it. Or you spend countless hours teaching people that white folks have straight hair, everyone else has kinky or straight black hair (Orientals and North American Indians) and think that something is LOST on inbreeding, rather than gained.

            Anyone who thinks it`s alliqance favouratism rather than lame storyttelling is out to luncvh, lol.

          • pcmustgo

            Well, I guess everyone wants what they can’t have, am I right? One of the funnier things about life. I personally think wavy hair is very beautiful, but many friends I had with curly hair would get it straightened (the Jewish ones) and talk about how hard it is to maintain curly hair.

            Black female friends too would tell me how difficult kinky hair is just to deal with day to day and comb and style.

            I personally have no problem with anyone’s hair, but I’ve heard over and over straight hair is “easier” to work with. It basically doesn’t “need” styling, while the curly hair gets frizzy easily, can’t wash it much, needs all these oils, unpredictable , etc.

            What does your comment about inbreeding have anything to do with this?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Most of the blacks in sports are black males, who don’t really have the same hair concerns as black females. They usually just shave it off and get done with it.

      Black women would look normal and fine if they just left their hair as it is, cut it to about shoulder length, and combed it out every day (as well as washing it every day). It would be puffy and afro-y, but so what?

      They know this, too. They’re simply using their hair as an excuse so no one shames them about the fact that 4/5 of them are overweight or obese.

      • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

        A lot of black men have very hard to clean dreadlocks and cornrows.

      • pcmustgo

        No, they tease each other relentlessly about natural/”nappy” hair and most prefer the straightened look….

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Well, it`s sports. Once white men decide that sports are rubbish (which they are) then all the fancy blacks will be out of `work`(sports being akin to welfare).

  • Triarius

    Exercise deters black women from exercising. They are the laziest people ever and the competition is very high.

    • http://www.newnation.org/ sbuffalonative

      Exercise takes commitment to a long-term, not-easily obtained goal.

  • http://www.newnation.org/ sbuffalonative

    They have made the choice that how their hair looks is more important than their general health and well-being. That’s fine with me. That’s the choice they made.

    Just don’t flood the evening news with pity stories about the poor health of black Americans or ask me to pay for their diabetes meds.

  • Philip J. Fry

    So costly upkeep of hair styles keeps black women from exercising?

    Why is this story posted here? We whites are supposed to discuss “black hair” here? Why? and, More importantly, who cares?

    Forward it to black planet or AOL black voices and let them discuss it over there. We whites are losing our country and we’re discussing black hair?

    • Le Gaulois

      I hear you, but you’re missing the point. This website’s purpose is also to expose White readers about the wide range of hypocrisy, absurdities and logical fallacies the MSM are constantly fabricating to rationalize black dysfunctions in the US. This article is simply a good example how there is no limit when it comes to excuse black laziness and gluttony. Personally, I find it to be quite a comic relief from learning about all the sick things blacks do to us on a daily basis…

  • Nicholai Hel

    If it keeps those hefty dusky baby-mamas out of my health club…more power to them.

  • jay11

    Somehow, somewhere, they will find a way to blame white people for this problem. You watch! Oh yeah, ‘white’ standards of beauty oppress black women, that’s why they all wear the weaves, dreds and other styles. What I never understood was that asians, latinos and all other racial groups besides subsaharan africa have long straight hair too. Why are they never blamed?

    • OlderWoman

      you forgot ‘bantu knots’.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        Well, as long as it`s fun, I can`t do anything fun with my straight, thin hair.

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      But they looked Ok with their afros. I don’t get why they rejected their natural style and started to complain to us about our natural looks (straight, light hair, etc).

  • You Are Now Enriched

    We must develop “exercise-friendly hairstyles” for blacks.

    We must develop more compassion for blacks, more programs, more benefits, more entitlements, more holidays, more rights, more laws, more policies, more vouchers, more promotions, more scholarships, more bailouts, more housing, more excuses, more everything for blacks.

    If we don’t “do the right thing for those whom we’ve oppressed,” then how can we be held accountable for our racist unearned White privilege?

    • OlderWoman

      Perhaps they should get an Obamacut.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jean-Deux/1540915347 Jean Deux

    white women enjoy lower obesity rates solely because of white privilege

    • OlderWoman

      There is a large number of obese white females in my building along with obese blacks. Some of them are morbidly obese. One claims hers is ‘water weight’. I blame it on the free cakes, pies and bread a supermarket donates. Plus they’re southerners…they love their desserts and sweet tea.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        Aye, there’s a bunch of really large white womenfolk here, too. Dunno what it is, but this city is kind of legendary for it. It might have something to do with a good economy and good men, but I dunno.

        I can’t say anything about weight – I used to be chronically underweigh 90-100 lbs), but something happened to change my metabolism (whether simple aging, or rough existence in the past, I can’t say.) Now I am up to my proper weight (120@5’3″) but I feel horribly fat … but then, my life has been more bearable in the past three years than in the past 41.

        • pcmustgo

          We don’t have many white fattys in NYC… full of anorexic/too skinny or just right rich white yuppies. Lots of fat blacks though. Sad to see them waddle off the train.

          Yeah, The South has more fat white people.

          • pcmustgo

            Poor people in general are fat. It’s a sign of poverty these days more than anything or of lower class.

          • FourFooted_Messiah

            Ironic, coz fat was always associated with rich more than poor. I really feel bad about a bit of weight gain now. But at least my 31 waist pants still fit.

  • Hal K

    Someone could make money off of this, assuming the problem could be solved.

  • William Allingham

    this shows African american lack of organization and ingeniousness because they could program their exercise in order to not interfere with their hair styling sessions or use some device that helps them keep it dry or just simply accept it an cope with it. at the end, in the competition for a partner, does a hair style worth’s having overweight?

    well, hair is fixed in one session but exercise requires constancy… and there might rely a clue.

    I also think that when you are not willing to do something you use any excuse available to avoid it, including your hair.

    • Svigor

      Walking at a brisk pace for an hour or so will burn roughly 500 calories, and involves very little in the way of sweat.

  • shmo123

    I gotta say one thing about black women and their self-esteem: It takes something I ain’t got for a 350 lb. Latisha to waddle down the street after hitting the beauty parlor, and say to herself, “Damn, I’m lookin good!!

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Wow, I`m 120 thinking I should be 100; at least my jeans still fit.

  • bigone4u

    Hmm. No wonder black women dominate the world of fat porn. And it’s not just normal fatness you will see there. It’s not a woman who should be 130 pounds weighing in at 165, it’s her weighing in at 300 plus pounds. So many so-called stereotypes about blacks are easily confirmed by observing the blacks who do porn, like that ginormous American Idol contestant a few years back. I suspect that most black women’s only exercise is lifting fork to mouth for a hundred reps an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • bigone4u

    Hmm. No wonder black women dominate the world of fat porn. And it’s not just normal fatness you will see there. It’s not a woman who should be 130 pounds weighing in at 165, it’s her weighing in at 300 plus pounds. So many so-called stereotypes about blacks are easily confirmed by observing the blacks who do porn, like that ginormous American Idol contestant a few years back. I suspect that most black women’s only exercise is lifting fork to mouth for a hundred reps an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NQHEAYZCMBOERHG2VZRDQ3YUSQ Felix

    Slavery, Jim Crow laws, literacy tests and now nappy hair? Is there anything the man won’t do just to keep a brother or a sistah” down?

  • Random Guy

    Style over substance. That’s what this is. I’ve never been able to understand out-of-shape, overweight people who spend so much time and money decorating themselves, as if 10-inch fingernails or a $400 hair weave or a vintage suit could make up for the fact that they weigh six-hundred pounds and can hardly walk.There are a lot of whites like this as well. The tattoo sub-culture is a classic example. These characters will cover themselves with tattoos and piercings, but they look terrible because they have no muscle tone. This kind of “self-improvement” is completely superficial. The ancient Greeks were right: real beauty comes from intelligence and physical fitness.

    • Svigor

      Don’t get me started on the tattoo thing. First, everyone and their dog seems to be covered in them these days. Haven’t they ever heard the term, “played out”? My GOD tats are so very played out at this point. Second, they’re very expensive, yet some of the same people that keep getting them owe me money and can’t pay their bills. WTF?

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Played out or not, tattoos look trashy. When someone has a tattoo, they’re telling me “I’m stupid”. When they have a lot of tattoos, they’re telling me “I’m really, really stupid”.

        • FourFooted_Messiah

          It depends on the circumstance. I have a knife scar from my ex. Why I have it is because apparently I didn`t recognise his call for sex while he was on Methamphademine.

          The scar is on my upper forearm. I would like to have that scar replaced by a nice fan-fic pic of Kimba the White Lion, looking proudly and defiantly in the distance.

          Why that character you may ask. Because he was taught to be non-violent, but learned the hard way that sometimes you must physically fight to protect not only the ones you love, but your preferred way of life as well.

          Kimba is my hero.

  • Luca

    I can see it now, Obama will encourage his welfare czar to include “Salon Vouchers” for those women who need hair straightening procedures every week.

    • FourFooted_Messiah

      Again, why do blacks need hair straightening? They looked just fine with their ‘fros. Straight hair is a PITA anyway.

      • OlderWoman

        A big black woman in my building has a haircut that makes her look like Gumby. She wears loud colored african outfits and cheap gaudy jewelry. “She bees stylin'”.

        • FourFooted_Messiah

          LOL! Gumby, or Grace Slick in her greater years?

          Oh, lol, I can only imagine what she looks like, and that ain’t “stylin” ’round these parts, lolololol. Even the local Blackfoot would beat the crap out that just because, lol.

        • FourFooted_Messiah

          Oh, my, I never liked Gumby because i was a weird kid.

          I like gumby even less now, no matter what anyone says,

  • Malibu

    Lipstick and pigs come to mind.

  • fsagas

    This has to be a joke.

    There is no way that this is serious.

    • fsagas

      I’m calling b.s. right now.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    So how hard is it to maintain a natural afro?

    My hair is thin, and ramrod straight. I only wish it had a bit of curl and body to it. I learned that to mess with it is a losing battle decades ago; now I just run a brush through it and hope for the best. If you don’t like the fact that I look like I’m wearing a fright wig on windy days, well, too bad for you.

    I may look like a hippie, and smoke pot, but don’t be fooled. I simply prefer the straightforward approach to things.

    • pcmustgo

      Are you black?

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Move to a humid climate. Humidity brings out a bit of curl in my hair when I let it grow a little long.

      • FourFooted_Messiah

        But I moved to a dry climate for bad sinuses. Ah, well.

  • OlderWoman

    I’m certain if they banded together and asked Obama to fund this ‘research’, he would comply. Or he might shut down the gyms because they are an offense to black women.

  • Shawn_thefemale

    First of all, what a crock. Secondly, females are actually trying to SAVE that pile of pre-Columbian art piled on they heads???

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dale-McNamee/100002467161143 Dale McNamee

    Could the reason for obesity be the fact that they’re stuffing their faces more often than not, and not hair ?

    As for exercising,,,Walking more regularly would help…

  • Annis Isbell

    Keeping active is desirable but its too much food intake that results in fat people.

    There can’t be any difference between black hair and White hair because we’re all just the human race.

    • Svigor

      Yep. Diet is by far the most important part of maintaining a healthy weight. In my case, I recently lost a lot of weight just by 1) calculating an estimate of my necessary caloric intake 2) counting and budgeting calories. Once I became aware of the calorie counts on everything I was eating, my whole diet changed overnight. One really good tip is to consume LOTS of green, leafy vegetables. The secret to a diet is to stave off hunger while consuming fewer calories, and greens are perfect for that. With a good low-calorie dressing (ignore “low fat” and “low carb” labels; calories are what matter), you have a huge salad drenched in dressing and it barely hits 100 calories (no crutons, no cheese, just veggies).

      I did some mild exercise, too, but consistently lost weight even when I stuck to my diet but didn’t exercise. Now I’ve plateaued (or at least, the weight loss has slowed) because my diet discipline is slipping (and because I have a lot less fat left to lose).

  • IndridCold

    I have long thought the main source of black hate toward the white race is due to the simple fact that they are envious of our physical appearance.

    • pcmustgo

      Black Women… Black Women are…

    • Svigor

      It’s more than looks. Wealth, brains, and looks would be a good quick assessment of what drives their envy.

  • pcmustgo

    Here’s another reason and this is cross-racial: BLUE COLLAR/WORKING CLASS FOLKS ALREADY WORK WITH THEIR BODIES, STANDING UP USUALLY. So they have less energy for exercise compared to white collar/upper class office workers. They also view exercise as a form of working, and “why work for free?” kind of thing. Kind of like, “If I’m gonna’ move around, you better pay me to do it.”

  • pcmustgo

    Like Chris Rock’s movie showed, Black women are OBSESSED WITH HAIR in ways non-black women could never understand. They are always trying out expensive new hairstyles, criticizing each other’s hair, thinking others (aka, white women) think they are better than them because of their hair, etc, Go to their hoods and you will see 10 times as many hair salons and beauty supply (fake or real east indian hair in packages) stores. Every storefront is a hair salon it seems. They need that many salons to straighten that many black women’s hair. Whites probably go once every 4 months to get a haircut- they go twice a month. The hair braiding, which generally means braiding in fake hair which is tied in a knot in a painful, tight way to their scalp (as are weaves, which look like wigs), takes literally 12 hours and lasts maybe 1.5 months.

  • StillModerated

    I used to joke that there were 2 barbers in my hometown. One couldn’t cut hais and the other didn’t speak English. I preferred the fellow who didn’t speak Chinese.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    The reason blacks refuse to exercise and will use any excuse they can think of to avoid it is simple: they are incapable of forward-planning and abstract thinking.

    It takes forward-planning skills to understand that eating McDonald’s five times a week will make you gain weight in the near future. Since the weight gain is not immediate, they cannot comprehend that it will happen later.

    The same principle applies to exercise. The benefits of exercise do not happen immediately, and thus they cannot understand that the benefits will be applied in the future.

    To blacks, the future is not a real thing. It does not exist to them the way it does to whites. They are incapable of comprehending that it is a real thing, a real time, just as real as the present. They live for the present, as they always have in Africa.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Why are these women, a significant chunk of whom are on welfare and food stamps, able to afford to pay $40 a week, $160 a month, on their hair, but are “incapable” of affording food? Surely that $160 would be better spent feeding and clothing their children, yes?

    Any woman known to be doing this should be investigated by social workers and kicked off welfare,but of course, that won’t happen, because “das racis.”

  • josh

    They DO go to a lot of trouble to look beautiful for us mens,so we should be have some gratitutde,dont you thuink??

  • Robert Marchenoir

    With one Harlem, New York salon reporting that many women pay $40 a week just to get their hair straightened, some people avoid sweating in order to not shower and preserve their hair.

    I’m sorry : is that supposed to mean that if you don’t exercise, it’s all right not to shower either ?

    Someone’s bad sense of hygiene is showing here.