Huffington Post UK Claims Afro Hair Makes Black Women Fat, There’s Been A Study Apparently!
Huffington Post UK declares that “40% of African-American women avoid exercise because of concerns about their hairstyle, a study has found”.
According to the article a recently published study in America has identified that 40% of African American women purposely avoid exercise to maintain their costly hair styles. The study which used (only) 103 African American women participates between the ages of 21 to 60, consisted of a 40 question questionnaire and was led by dermatologist Dr Amy McMichael.
It was mentioned early on the article that the study is said to ‘fuel concerns about the obesity epidemic in the United States.’ Though what ‘concerns’ this study actually fuels the article (I believe) is intentionally ambiguous. Considering the article focuses solely on African American women surely this would imply that this group/race of people are potentially at the bulk of this epidemic.
It was irresponsible of the article to imply that a greater reason or cause of obesity exclusively within black women is down to vanity of their hair when the study quoted was far too small to confirm this. Yet the article had no problem highlighting the amount of money and time African American women spend on regularly maintaining their ‘coarser’ hair on ‘time consuming’ processes which makes their hair ‘incompatible’ with heavy exercise.
It is this tone that makes the article highly racist, since it intends to imply not only that black women’s vanity over their hair is more extreme to that of their white female counter parts but also that the very make up of their hair hinders their ability to take up exercise… (click to read full post)