“Is obesity a manifestation of systemic racism? A ten-point strategy for study and intervention”
This is just further proof that the left sees racism everywhere. And this is coming out of Harvard? Sad.
Racism and obesity are inextricably linked, says a Harvard doctor – and here’s how she thinks that can change
Systemic racism plays a significant role when it comes to Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) experiencing obesity, according to a recent article by two experts from Harvard.
And the interlocking of the two issues is far reaching, the article says. It includes the ongoing stress that goes along with experiencing racism, and statistics that show that businesses like dollar stores, which sell highly processed foods, crop up in poor and minority neighborhoods. The makers of these foods also engage in “disproportionate marketing” toward BIPOC, particularly Black and Hispanic kids.
The article, titled “Is obesity a manifestation of systemic racism? A ten-point strategy for study and intervention,” recently appeared in the Journal of Internal Medicine, and was co-authored by Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, an obesity medicine physician, scientist, policy maker and educator who works at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and Dr. Daniel Aaron, an attorney with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a fellow at Harvard Law School, and a member of The Justice Initiative, a partnership between Harvard Law School and Howard University School of Law that works toward racial justice.
Dr. Stanford is devoted to examining obesity and its nuances, in order to understand the biases surrounding not just obesity but also race, she said in a recent interview with Boston.com.
“The two most common forms of bias in the United States are race bias, which is by far the most common, followed by weight bias,” she said, noting that she wanted to “delve deep” when looking at these issues. “In this particular article, I begin to explore some of these connections, and explore how there is a big interplay between weight, and weight bias, and weight stigma and race and its disproportionate impacts, particularly on Black women.”
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