Self-Care and Women's Health: 80% of Black Women are Considered Overweight or Obese, But Black Conservative Women are Not Allowed to Speak About It
In 2022, the Conscious Conservative Movement made strategic efforts to build an Alliance between Black men and conservative politics.
In Georgia, for example, we showed up on the battlefield of ideas, both online and offline, to present conservatism as an option for Black men, who are traditionally the most conservative voting bloc in the nation.
Our efforts proved successful; and I chronicled our achievements and research in my latest book, How We Did It: Reshaping the Narrative, Building the Alliance, and Increasing Black Voter Support for Conservative Politics in the Post-Trump Era.
At the time, I mentioned my intentions on bridging the gap between conservatism and Black women this next round.
Ironically, I was met with push back from fellow Black Conservative strategists, who argued investing outreach in Black women would be futile.
I responded, “That’s exactly what folks said about Black men, and yet, here we are.”
Today, nearly 25% of eligible Black male voters are willing to entertain conservative politics when it comes to protecting their economics. These numbers will increase each election cycle as more Black Conservatives sell policies to Black men based on specific tangibles.
The question then arises, How do we reach Black women, who are often considered the backbone of the Democrat Party?
The answer is simple: Sell conservatism to Black women based on protecting the social empire.
Within The Felecia Killings Foundation and The Conscious Conservative Movement, we aim to do just that.
Among our key selling points will be:
These five areas serve as our umbrella for effective Black Outreach to women; and in 2023, we will address key issues, such as health and wellness, while presenting a conservative solution with the people.
Black voters deserve options.
I will see to it they have them.
80% of Black Women are Considered Overweight or Obese, But Black Conservative Women are Not Allowed to Speak About It
Recently, I discovered something interesting.
When it comes to Black Conservatism, Black women are not “allowed” to speak about issues relating to Black women unless our messages align with Progressive messaging.
In a previous teaching, I told you about the latest smear campaign that Black Progressive agents launched against me on Twitter.
The reason for it: I posted a tweet, arguing “anti-fat does not mean anti-Black.”
The vitriol that ensued continues today, although not as fiercely as it did the last few days.
Thanks be to God, the smear has resulted in my name and Twitter Class earning more than 30 million impressions within 96 hours.
The Progressive Bootlicking Marketing Agency outdid themselves this time. And although they thought my story would be used against me to stifle the work, we within The Foundation understand persecution produces power.
And it is power I will flex.
In 2023, we are walking into a massive, online revival in which the empowering message will now be offered to Black women.
And I can’t thank my Black Progressive cousins enough for their outstanding opposition marketing.
After the smear, I asked God the Holy Spirit how to proceed. You see, at times, when opposition is fierce, I must reflect on the motive behind the attacks. And in this case, the motive stems from my statements that tackled a major issue among Black women today: our weight.
According to current research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4 out of 5 Black women are considered overweight or obese. When we look at these numbers, especially for those of us concerned with the health and strength of our Black families, we have to ask why such numbers exists.
If you speak to Democrats and Progressives, they will tell you systemic racism is the cause for obesity among Black women.
In fact, there are significant articles describing this phenomenon, which is causing Progressive White women to regurgitate this talking point on their social media platforms (i.e. Tik Tok).
For example, in 2013, the American Psychological Association published a small report about Black women and obesity after hosting an event with experts to discover solutions to the problem.
One expert noted:
African-American women have been hit hardest by the obesity epidemic, regardless of their socioeconomic status, said James Jackson, PhD, who directs the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. One possible reason behind the disparity is the "stress of being a black woman in a white man's world," Jackson said. His research, published in the American Journal of Public Health, shows that black women often buffer themselves from the chronic stress of racism and supporting entire family systems though high calorie "comfort food."
Simply stated, racism today is causing Black women to become fatter.
Yet, more overt racism prior to the 1960s did not have this same outcome.
But I digress.
Other experts presented their findings:
Geographical factors, such as high crime and few supermarkets in many African-American neighborhoods, also contribute to obesity disparities, said Dustin Duncan, ScD, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Duncan has found that women who are afraid to go out at night take an average of 1,107 fewer steps each day than women who feel safe in their neighborhoods. In another study, Duncan found that more parks didn't correlate with reduced BMI, perhaps because they had become meeting places for drug dealers and criminals. "We suspect that the quality of the parks really matters," he said.
Of course, these data were presented in 2013. So, I researched to see if current data revealed any changes.
The answer is no.
America continues to get fatter and fatter, which leads to significant, preventable illnesses.
In June 2022, eClinicalMedical produced a study, which found:
Excess weight was responsible for more than 1300 excess deaths per day (nearly 500,000 per year) and a loss in life expectancy of nearly 2·4 years in 2016, contributing to higher excess mortality than smoking. Relative excess mortality rates were nearly twice as high for women compared to men in 2016 (21·9% vs 13·9%), and were higher for Black non-Hispanic adults. By state, overall excess weight-related life expectancy loss ranged from 1·75 years (95% UI 1·57–1·94) in Colorado to 3·18 years (95% UI 2·86-3·51) in Mississippi.
For most us, these numbers would stop us in our tracks. They would force us to consider our ways and how we are expediting death by the way we treat our bodies.
Yet, in the counterculture world of Progressivism, these numbers do not matter because “body positivity” is more important.
Messaging and Marketing Matter
Messaging is powerful.
Imaging is even more powerful.
And when both combine, anyone can spread an idea, whether constructive or destructive.
During the 1960s, the “Fat Acceptance Movement” emerged to challenge the established notions of health and wellness.
Many argue the same movement was used to fight discrimination against overweight people.
In 1967, 500 people came together in Central Park in New York City to protest bias against fat people. Together, this group ate, carried signs of protest, burned diet books and photos of model Twiggy, and were visibly, publicly, and loudly fat without being apologetic. And that same year, a man named Llewelyn “Lew” Louderback wrote an article for the Saturday Evening Post titled, “More People Should be FAT,” in response to the discrimination his wife faced. This was one of the first public defenses of fatness in the mainstream.
You will recall that during the 1960s, less than 15% of the American population was considered overweight and obese.
But by 2018, that number jumped to 42%.
And in 2021, 78% of patients catching COVID were considered overweight or obese.
Movements have power.
Messaging does, too.
And when a particular message is pushed in mainstream media, the masses will ascribe to it, even if it results in their demise.
The 1960s movement to normalize “fatness” has led to the epidemic we witness today. And while Progressives push the notion that systemic racism is to blame for Black women’s poor health, Black History simply does not agree with them.
Even their arguments surrounding “food deserts” have been challenged. This idea suggests Black neighborhoods lack access to healthy choice foods; and while this notion may have been valid decades ago, current retailers have pivoted their services to make healthy foods more accessible to these communities. (I will address this topic in the next lesson.)
Times have changed since the 1960s, Beloved.
But our health has depleted in the process.
With greater access to better health resources, better living, increased SNAP benefits, and more economic opportunities (thanks in part to the growing virtual market), people are still choosing “death by the plate” when other life-giving options are available.
Black Conservatives have an obligation to show up in these Progressive-controlled areas to present the people with viable alternatives.
It’s not enough to speak about the problems.
We must also develop solutions with the people to curb the issues.
And yes, the opposition will be fierce.
But understand, the people want the empowering message, even when the Bootlicking gatekeepers don’t.
Our moral obligation is to honor our commitment to God and the vision He has given us as a Movement.
The Conscious Conservative work will continue this next round.
And as my team and I develop the content and preach the God-focused message, we solicit your prayers and financial support for this work of ministry.
To learn more about how we are making inroads with Black women, visit our newest fundraising campaign.
My Beloved Women’s Ministry is a branch of The Felecia Killings Foundation. We’re helping women manifest their greatness in business, ministry, motherhood, and marriage.
Your $25+ donation towards our work helps sponsor our effective Black Outreach efforts in Georgia and nationwide.
And just as we were effective in courting Black male voters in 2022, we will do the same with Black women coming into 2024.
The time for the Conservative Alliance is now.
And I send a blessing to you, Beloved, for your contributions.
Tomorrow, I will continue this series that discusses conservative solutions to issues confronting Black women. So, stay tuned.
And to the Bootlickers reading this newsletter, thank you again for your ongoing promotions.
The Kingdom message is here and it’s not going away.
And as always, let’s grow together!
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