Is Racism Making You Fat? Victims of Prejudice Are at Greater Risk of Obesity

Sarah Griffiths, Daily Mail (London), March 5, 2014

There are many reasons why an increasing number of people are classified as obese—and now racism could be one of them.

Frequent experiences of racism are associated with a higher risk of obesity among African American women, a new study claims.

Scientists found that women who were more frequently victimised for their race, were more likely to be obese.

The study, by Slone Epidemiology Centre at Boston University, found the relationship between racism and obesity was strongest among women who reported consistently high experience of racism over a 12 year period.

The research was based on the Black Women’s Health Study, which enrolled 59,000 African-American women in 1995 and has followed them since.

While rates of obesity in the U.S. have risen rapidly over the past few decades, the greatest increases have been seen in African American women, half of whom are currently classified as obese.

Obesity is a risk factor for numerous health conditions including cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and orthopaedic problems.

Scientists said that racism is a form of psychosocial stress that African Americans experience disproportionately.

It is thought that experiences of racism contribute to obesity. Data suggests that chronic exposure to stress can result in dysregulation of important neuroendocrine functions, (interactions between the nervous and endocrine systems) which can influence the accumulation of excess body fat.

The Black Women’s Health Study collected information on experiences of racism, height and weight and other lifestyle factors via biennial questionnaires.

The participants were asked in 1997 and in 2009 to rate the frequency of ‘everyday’ experiences of racism, such as receiving poorer service in restaurants and if they had been treated unfairly because of their race in their job, in housing or by the police.

Researchers analysed the results of women under the age of 40 in 2009 because most adult weight gain occurs during the reproductive years.

They found that women in the highest category of reported everyday racism in both 1997 and 2009 were 69 per cent more likely to become obese compared to those in the lowest category.

Women who reported more lifetime racism were also at increased risk of obesity, according to the study, which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

‘Experiences of racism may explain in part the high prevalence of obesity among African American women,’ said Yvette Cozier, assistant professor of epidemiology at Boston University who led the research.

She believes that workplace and community-based programmes to combat racism are an important component in strategies to prevent obesity, especially in high risk communities.

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  • Pro_Whitey

    Dang, I never realized I was a victim of racism. I like that excuse!

    • I was under the impression that obesity is caused by over-eating and lack of exercise: in other words poor impulse-control and laziness. I wasn’t aware that what some complete stranger thought of me had some magical influence over my habits in these respects.

      Perhaps personal responsibility is an alien concept for the whiny Perpetually-Aggrieved.

  • David Ashton

    I shall have to stop eating white chocolate and white bread.

  • Truthseeker

    Let’s just save everyone the trouble: If you’re not white and you experience something bad, it’s white people’s fault. I guess the only solution then, is that we whites should be forced to live in a separate country from the rest of you.

    • So CAL Snowman

      It’s the question for the ages : IF White people are so evil and bad and make life horrible for all non Whites, WHY do the colored people fight so hard to live amongst us? Going further WHY is a “Whites Only” country such a horrifying thought? After all, the satanic, demonic, greatest evil ever – the Nazis – were defeated by lily White Norman Rockwell countries. The colored people just cannot stand the thought of a “Whites Only” country because it hurts their feelings and destroys their egos. They can’t bear the thought that White people do not want colored people around.

      • Truthseeker

        Exactly. They know deep down that they need us more than we need them, so they have to find ways to take advantage of the white man’s system for as long as possible.

      • John R

        I have brought that point up numerous times on my YouTube account, and have yet to get any kind of straight answer for it. That is what it really all comes down to: They hate us because they cannot survive above an animal level without us.

  • Puggg

    I thought racism caused cancer.

    • MekongDelta69

      It DOES.

      ‘Racism’ causes EVERYTHING.

      There – that takes care of ALL excuses forever and ever and ever.

      Moving along…

    • guest

      To these idiots who come up with these “studies”, racism is the cause of everything bad. Cancer, obesity, poverty, poor education system, crimes, etc. – all caused by racism. But only white racism.

  • Pelagian

    “Frequent experiences of racism” … “that women who were more frequently victimised for their race”

    What kind of scientific study is that? How do you define these things?? They act like it’s getting a migraine or something…

  • So CAL Snowman

    “Experiences of racism may explain in part the high prevalence of obesity
    among African American women,’ said Yvette Cozier, assistant professor
    of epidemiology at Boston University who led the research.”

    The Chinese and the Russians are howling with laughter as this is what’s coming out of our “prestigious” universities. Absolute nonsense for a brain dead nation.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Anti-racists are like medieval scholastics defending their outdated Ptolemaic system against the heliocentrism of Copernicus and Galileo. They will perform the most intricate mental gymnastics in order to shield themselves from reality and preserve their ridiculous beliefs.

      • So CAL Snowman

        Just like Galileo, race realists in academics are ostracized, cast out of the public sector, and labeled heretics by the establishment.

        • RisingReich

          Which means we’re on to something, but I’m preaching to the choir.
          Might have something to do with the multitude of posts I’ve had deleted recently.

          Sometimes the truth strikes too close to home.

        • Exhibit A: Dr. William Shockley.

      • Triarius

        I always comare them to people shouting “witch!” In Salem, MA.

      • Max

        “It turns, nevertheless”.

        • silviosilver

          “Eppur sono neri…”

      • Andy

        Medieval scholastics couldn’t look around them and *see* that the universe wasn’t geocentric, though.

      • silviosilver

        “Is anti-racism making you stupid?” Is it ever.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    The greater black incidence of obesity is the result of biological differences between the races, like every other instance of black pathology. Blacks don’t like the facts because the facts are racist.

  • JSS

    In other words fat undisciplined minorities like to complain about racism while following us everywhere we go to get away from them.

  • JSS

    And don’t forget the skinny starving Africans are our fault to. We just can’t do anything right for the diversity.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      We should send those fat blubberbutts over to those poor, suffering, skinny cannibals in Africa. Kill two birds with one stone! Heck, maybe three!

  • Diana Moon Glampers

    This just in:
    Big fat black women more likely to blame whites for everything.

    • RisingReich

      Hit the nail on the head, Diana.

  • Spartacus

    “While rates of obesity in the U.S. have risen rapidly over the past few
    decades, the greatest increases have been seen in African American
    women, half of whom are currently classified as obese. ”


    Wow… Just when you thought they couldn’t get any dumber… They come up with stuff like this !

  • DaveMed

    This is absolutely ridiculous.

    Blacks demonstrate glaring differences from Whites in all aspects of medicine and pathology. This includes metabolism.

    Are higher rates of colon cancer and breast cancer due to racism as well?

    • Max

      Yes, we’ve already seen that article too; stress from “racism” is the reason for diminished life expectancy among blacks.

      Apparently gunfire, stabbing, and drug overdoses are an insignificant component of mortality among blacks.

      Except Trayvon Martin.

    • itdoesnotmatter

      Well yeah, Dave. Do you not remember, blacks lack proper access to health care because of racism? NOT.

  • MekongDelta69

    The (leftist) study ‘claims’:
    “Frequent experiences of racism are associated with a higher risk of obesity among African American women.”

    The truth:
    “Frequent experiences with food are associated with a higher risk of obesity among African American women.”

  • Geo1metric

    I guess I’ll just have to limit my intake of racism to only two helpings per day instead of three. I can see it now…the newest diet fad, The No-Racism diet!

    • MekongDelta69

      Take two AmRen’s and call me in the morning…

  • Frank_DeScushin

    Self-reported instances of racism? That’s reliable. Especially from a demographic that thinks if you don’t say “Good morning!” to them with enough gusto it means that you’re headed to a KKK meeting after work.

    Obese black women are just looking for an excuse for their poor self-control. The most obese black women are, more often than not, also among the least intelligent and more violent black women. They got the classic bundle of bad genes and rather than coming to terms with that uncomfortable reality, they blame the life their genes and choices created for them on racism.

  • jambi19

    “While rates of obesity in the U.S. have risen rapidly over the past few decades, the greatest increases have been seen in African American women, half of whom are currently classified as obese.”

    Like the majority of media in 2014 it only tells half the story to prevent black people from “gettn dey feelins hert”. In nutrition the label of “obesity” according to BMI is preceded by the category “overweight”. You can be overweight but not yet obese. Care to take a gander of the Black female rate of being overweight or obese? The rate gets pushed to over 80%.

  • Whitetrashgang

    Yeah as they swipe their EBT card to the tune of 20,000 a year not including rent etc.

  • c684570

    Is it always the White Man’s fault?

  • Lord Sandwich

    Judging by what I see all over the place, I am REALLY racist against black women.

  • Luca

    Aha, that explains Oprah.

  • RisingReich

    Wow – again. I must be super raycis, b/c I’m in great shape at 5’8″ 160.
    Could it be, possibly, that Mother Nature herself ‘be raycis’?

    • MBlanc46

      It’s a certainty.

    • Lagerstrom

      Most likely you know how to cook and look after yourself.
      Prob’ly a big rasiss too.

    • I’m a few weeks from my 48th birthday and 155 pounds at 6’0″. One of the other racists who posts here drove down from Denver today and took me out for a nice, healthy Korean lunch. It was such a great day that we hiked around Palmer Park for about three hours afterward. Between that lunch, our exercise and our conversation we doubtless made several more black women fat.

      It was also great fun. The neighbor will be back with my daughter a bit before dinnertime, so I have the rest of the afternoon to sit home, be a racist and cause more African obesity.

  • Lord Sandwich

    In the Blues Brothers movie when Matt “Guitar” Murphy wants to leave the restaurant job and join the band, Aretha Franklin sings “You Better Think” warning him not to leave. I always thought, “Yeah, I’d be outta there.”

  • Max

    My question would be: What is the correlation between blacks receiving welfare benefits FROM WHITE PEOPLE and obesity?

    Maybe this means that racism IS their nourishment and we can save a bundle by not having to buy them food forever. This may be great news.

  • RisingReich

    The real culprit is that raycis EBT Card and raycis Section 8 housing that allows these beasts to gorge themselves 24-7 while watching OWN who tells them they need more gibsmuhdat!

    Let’s take care of these raycis programs tomorrow! I’m all for it.

    • Lagerstrom

      How many nails is it going to take for this coffin?

  • John K

    I see it’s time for them to play the negro lottery again…..

  • dave

    That must explain the huge butts on black women.

  • dd121

    Then they’re all fat because they all claim to be “victims of racism”. haha

  • IstvanIN

    Blacks are fat because of racism and I am King Zog!

  • dd121

    To blacks “racism” is a magical concept. Anything they want to attribute to this magic is fair game.

  • Alexandra1973

    Didn’t we already cover this one?

  • Michael Mason

    Liberals say white racism.
    I say the fact that McDonalds and KFC started accepting EBT cards.

  • Michael Mason

    The continuing effects of imperialism.

    • exlib93

      …our tax dollars at work.

      • Michael Mason

        Tax dollars? Subhumanity is destroying our civilization and you’re worried about the effect on your wallet?

        • ShermanTMcCoy

          It IS one of the ways they destroy civilization.

        • They wouldn’t be able to destroy it without easy access to the money we work to earn.

    • dd121

      Just gaze upon the effects of global warming.

    • Garrett Brown

      As one of my favorite quotes from Adam Sandler movies would say, “THAT’S A HUGE BITCH!”

    • Spartacus

      Someone take a harpoon and put that thing out of it’s misery !

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Didn’t I see her on that porn site, “Big, Black, and Bodacious?”

    • Max

      Looks like the Navy’s sonar has driven out another one.

      • Michael Mason

        A new whale species has been discovered off the coast of Somalia.

  • JDInSanD

    By this logic shouldn’t white people be the fattest?

  • MBlanc46

    Self reports of “racism”. Is it a surprise that those who self-report “racism” are also whales?

  • Biff_Maliboo

    It’s not metabolism, it’s ‘dem feels.’

  • I pass for white, but I’m married to a Japanese gal. We have a daughter. The three of us together do not weigh 300 pounds.

    • dd121

      I know where Hatch is if you’re going to be home tomorrow.

      • Drive up Woodmen bvd, east from I-25. That is away from the mountains for flatlanders. Turn onto La Madrina and then make an immediate right. That’s Hatch. I’ll buy you lunch, but you’ll have to drive.

        • dd121

          Ok, I’ll try to be there between 11-12. Thanks, I was going to offer to take you and your daughter out (or whoever might be home then). I’ll come down Parker but I looked at how to get there on google earth. See you then.

          • Garrett Brown

            What just happened here?

          • ShermanTMcCoy

            I dunno, but I think I LIKE it! I wish there were a good way to private message each other on Disqus. That said, how would you know that the person you are meeting is REALLY not an Obama swill, er shill?

            Probably number 1 on my list to meet would be . . .


          • Diana Moon Glampers

            Amren bromance. Must be springtime.

          • dd121

            Private messaging would be a good idea but I don’t think Discus is aimed at that. Michael is in Colorado Springs, I’m in Aurora. Haven’t you ever thought it might be nice to get together for a beer with some folks on amren? Like minded people seem few and far between. 🙂

          • Garrett Brown


          • It looks like we lucked out on that great weather for our hike in Garden of the Gods on Thursday: rain and sleet here today.

          • dd121

            Yeah, I watched the forecast. It’s snowing like mad here now.

  • Lagerstrom

    I stopped after the first sentence. I like cooking. I particularly like green vegetables and the yellow ones too. They are cheaper than burgers and fries and make you feel good. I haven’t been ill for years.

    • On trick that is helpful when it comes to staying well is to wash one’s hands after returning home from any public area. It doesn’t have to be any sort of special antibiotic soap; plain old “Ivory” is fine. It has been years since any of us has even had a cold.

  • Lagerstrom

    I’ll add a bit more. Back in my younger days I’ve been called lots of names;
    If you will indulge me moderator, I’ll use asterisks for censorship.
    F**king ugly c**t.
    F**king fa**ot.
    F**king poo*ter.
    This name-calling happens to everyone, it happened to me, but at least I didn’t let it get the better of me and it didn’t inhibit my to cook my own god*am dinner!

  • Truth Teller

    Racism in the work place, expecting Lefumeeyay to do at least one hour of actual work per day. Racism on buses and movie theatres; seats designed for normal sized people are microagression and White and Asian privilege.

    • When dd121 and I took our hike this afternoon, we saw plenty of people on the trails, walking their dogs. I was suprised at the numbers because it was a workday, but people were evidently happy about the good weather. No blacks were out there. Exercise just isn’t something they do.

  • silviosilver

    That’s ridiculous. White racists absolutely adore Asians. That’s why asians are richer than whites, because white racists always give asians the best environments. That’s the only possible explanation given the constraints of environmentalist theory.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    Hmm. No wonder I’ve lost about 25 pounds since moving to Germany!

  • John R

    This study is just so ridiculous! Okay, I’ll only mention one aspect of it: How do they measure whether these black people experienced “racism”? I mean, if you ever read any literature by black authors, as I have, you would know that blacks see racism in everything that we Whites do. We notice them: racism. We don’t notice them: racism. We are friendly, racism by not being respectful enough. We are too formal: racism by not being friendly enough. We are never right, according to blacks. So, I guess, all blacks are victims of “racism.”

  • scutum

    If there was a correlation between racism and obesity all white people would be fat.

  • WR_the_realist

    The study determines how much “racism” a person has experienced by just asking that person. Consider the typical black woman. She’s loud, bossy, and of limited competence. If a company hires her the other employees won’t like her because she’s loud, bossy, and of limited competence. She may even get fired for her incompetence, although the company will be very reluctant to do this, given the legal liabilities. The black woman will then chalk up her negative experiences on the job to “racism”.

    Blacks are taught to blame every problem they have on “racism” so of course they’ll self report more experience of racism.

  • RyanP

    “Scientists found that women who were more frequently victimised for their race, were more likely to be obese.”

    I am sorry, but how often is a black woman truly victimised by whites? I want to know specifics on this. What did these incidents consist of?

  • BonV.Vant

    I have a hunch that Northern Europeans have the highest number of mitochondria whereas the africans have the fewest number of mitochondria. This would affect metabolism as well as cognitive function. Blacks may have higher testosterone and thyroid hormones when younger, which would mask their metabolic deficiency, but it would mean they would burn out faster, which is precisely what they seem to do. A car with four cylinders can run high speed but over time, it will wear out faster than a car of 6-8 cylinders running at high speed. Blacks seem to start deteriorating at thirty, while whites start declining at forty.

  • BonV.Vant

    The authors of this study are primitive and not capable of science. They draw conclusions where there is no evidence. They do not structure the study to gather valid evidence.

  • BonV.Vant

    IT is more likely that low IQ is responsible for a persons inability to make sound food choices and also responsible for a persons inability to function as required. They blame their failure on anything other than themselves.

  • BonV.Vant

    I have said it before, blacks and gays are dysfunctional and they will NEVER be satisfied with anything they get from whites because nothing can correct their dysfunction. Everything will be the fault of whites, at some point whites will have had enough of being the scapegoat and the whipping boy.

  • Cold_Gravy

    Whatever next?

  • Cold_Gravy

    Perhaps we will now see White Americans charged, in court, with making me fat.