“It’s not obesity. It’s slavery.” – The New York Times

People waiting for a distribution of masks and food in Harlem, New York City.Credit... Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press, published in the New York Times on 25 May 2020

We know why Covid is killing so many black people.” 

In this New York Times Opinion piece, the author Dr Sabrina Strings, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California at Irvine, concludes, drawing on scientific research, and analyses of African American people’s health, that

“obesity — and its affiliated, if incorrect implication of poor lifestyle choices — should not be front and center when it comes to understanding how this pandemic has affected African-Americans. Even before Covid-19, black Americans had higher rates of multiple chronic illnesses and a lower life expectancy than white Americans, regardless of weight. This is an indication that our social structures are failing us. These failings — and the accompanying embrace of the belief that black bodies are uniquely flawed — are rooted in a shameful era of American history that took place hundreds of years before this pandemic.”

Read the full New York Times article HERE.