Let’s talk about that…

fitness center  Ok, this may generate grief for many.  However, I have very personal reasons for sharing this, as well as adding “my two cents.”

http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/new-study-suggests-black-women-harder-road-weight-loss-white-women/

If you have heard of this study, read about it, or simply don’t believe it, I’d love to hear from you.  Here is another take on it.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/06/opinion/sunday/why-black-women-are-fat.html?_r=1

A former boss used this phrase if she questioned what was being said.  “Let’s talk about that.”  I don’t necessarily question the study, the protocols, or formation of opinion based upon the evidence.  As a nurse, evidence based practice is a tenet of my discipline.  If by appearance we judge, perhaps this study needs no further support.  What it lacks however, is the WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THAT? factor.

As for me and those I serve, I can’t afford to wait for researchers to come up with THAT part of the equation.  Can you?

AND NOW, FOR MY TWO CENTS–two out of three

My ancestry runs the gambit, as many in this country.  While those who meet me for the 1st time may not realize it, I am an African-American woman.  However, Black, Irish, and Cherokee comprise my background.  Research suggests those of Native American and African-American descent run higher possibilities of diabetes, hypertension, and CKD (chronic kidney disease).  As a former dialysis nurse, I can attest CKD certainly appears to claim more African-American, Hispanic, and Native American populations, than Caucasian.

So you see, two out of three for me happens to fall into this category.  As for my offspring, well my husband is Hispanic.  You do the math.  Yes, my interest is personal.

WHAT DO WE DO?

Well, let’s start with what NOT to do. That is, use this information as a fall back for those who are African-American women, struggling with weight. You know what I mean. “Oh well she’s Black, so she’s going to have a harder time.” Not acceptable.  This is indeed intriguing research.  Furthermore, I’m happy to see studies conducted on more than 30-55 year old Caucasian men; or women.  However, we do need the where do we go from here, component.  That’s where more research is needed.  In the meantime, the medical and fitness community must work hand in hand–with what we are presented on a case by case basis.  That means if we see the weight just isn’t coming off, try, re-evaluate, and diligently investigate alternatives for our patients/clientele.  We cannot afford to make assumptions based on appearance or studies alone.  That’s just too easy, and it undermines and underserves those who come to us for help.

If you’re struggling, regardless of ethnicity, you want solutions.  Yes research may explain a few things.  But it is to be used as excuse?  Mitigating factor maybe, but never excuse.

All for now.  Keep up and keep at it.

Need personalized attention from a registered nurse AND fitness trainer?  Contact me at serrenity.c@gmail.com

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