"Michelle Obama, Obesity and The Message is Getting Through"
Obesity. Obesity is raging in America and, in Black communities, it is almost an epidemic. Maybe pandemic. First Lady Michelle Obama is on the bandwagon against Obesity in this country. I love her well-toned arms! To have arms like that! I have thought long and hard about the causes of Obesity in the Black community. My thinking is Nutritional Slavery. The Standard American Diet or SAD was not meant for Black people. It was meant for the Europeans who came over to this country or the "New World" as they called it. The Natives Americans probably said "get the heck from "Our World" as we call it" when they looked upon the Europeans. The SAD was meant for the European folks. It gave them the things that they needed to survive in this country during the times they were "settling" or "taking over". We, on the other hand, are natural people and we gave the world the natural movement. To look at it now though, you would think the other way around. The knowledge that we brought with us to America was stripped, lost to us and we adopted the SAD. The SAD has been killing Black people since.
I see children as young as 3 who are just as round as they are short. How? Too much fast food, processed foods, television and not enough play. We played outside and ran ourselves silly when I was a kid. Of course, we didn't have to worry about child molesters, kidnappers, etc. either. We had recreational centers where we could learn to box or sew or anything you wanted to do. Life was hard for our parents as they are today. But what was different then? Our mothers cooked us nutritious foods and we sat at the dinner table and ate dinner...together...as a family. There wasn't any McDonald's or Burger King or Hardees or Wendy's. You ate at home. We had chubby kids then but not like it is now. Women knew how to cook and can food. Today, the classes are called "Microwaving 101" and "Locating McDonald's In Any Area".
So Michelle Obama is tackling obesity. I consider Obesity a "condition of modern society and soul". But I see changes taking place. Slowly but surely, eating healthy is taking hold in the Black community. People are reaching for fruits and veggies more than ever. Since churches are powerful in the Black community, why can't the Pastors and Reverends buy or rent some land from a farmer and have their congregations plant a nice garden not only for their benefit but for the neighborhood? Just an idea and a darn good one at that. Pastors should do a sermon on Genesis 1:29 and take their congregations through it for the sake of their health and souls.
I am Jewish(mainstream Judaism) and I keep kosher. Eating vegetarian with a large incorporating of vegan has helped me to keep kosher and elevate my food/eating to the Divine. G-d made us and He knows what is best for us. I have a lot of Orthodox Judaism in my life and with relatives that hail from the West Indies to Holland to Germany, Judaism in all of its branches run through my tapestry. Vegetarianism has a place in Judaism and many Jews, be they religious or secular, Black, Asian, Latin, European, African or whatever, follow a vegetarian/vegan life. Rastas eat natural.
The Black communities are beginning to wake up to the fact that Slavery was not only physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, financial but also...nutritional. I shall write more on this as time allows me to.
So bring on your campaign, First Lady. Politics aside(BTW, food/nutrition IS political), I applaud you. May we own up to the challenge.