Are racists making you fat?

2014-04-20 10:00

Ever wonder why some black women are heavier than their white counterparts? Well, new ­research suggests that it’s because they experience racism more often.

The study, published in the highly ­respected American Journal of Epidemiology, shows that black women who ­frequently ­experience racism find comfort in food.

The study, conducted by the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University in the US between 1997 and 2009, surveyed 59?000 African-American women.

Investigators found that women who reported consistently more experiences of racism over the 12-year period ate too much fattening food and were 69% more likely to become obese.

Although the study was conducted among Americans, ­Johannesburg dietician Lynn Odendaal said we can learn a lot from it.

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