BET Special, Hosted by Star Jones, Takes on Obesity in Black America

Published by MediaMaven on Monday, November 16, 2009 at 4:50 pm.

 

African Americans are killing themselves, slowly, and quietly, little by little, every day but the killer is not likely to grab headlines. The murderous weapon is food, and many African Americans are quite simply, eating themselves to death. African-Americans are more overweight and obese than any other racial group and at risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, stroke, hypertension, and certain types of cancer. In the BET News Special, Heart of the City: Dying to Eat in Jackson,” Star Jones went to Jackson, Miss., a city bearing the brunt of the Black obesity problem, to explore some of the root causes of the epidemic.

Did you watch the show? Do you or a loved one battle obesity? Do you have a success story? Watch the video above and leave a comment.

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Tori said on November 18th, 2009

Yes, this is true but but to have Star Jones do this is not right. I guess she doesn’t know that after 5 years you are right back fat again after obesity surgery. Black women and men have got to exercise, participate in yoga, and eat less meat in order to be healthy. It’s time for a change but they are not wanting to hear it. A quick fix like obesity surgery doesn’t change behavior. I work in insurance approving and denying those surgeries believe me I know what I’m talking about. Change your thinking and behavior and you will feel so much better than seeking quick fixes.

Use your brain… 2pac.

Darlene Kirby said on November 19th, 2009

What is the name of the guest that was on your show, who lost about 230 pounds after she had 3 heart attacks?

connie edwards said on November 23rd, 2009

are you going to play this show again i wrote the wrong date down an told all my friends the wrong date please rerun this show again avertise thanks

Donna said on November 24th, 2009

BET has hit the nail on the head. I am so glad this issue has been addressed. Mississippi is so unhealthy and overall the black community suffers the most. I want to thank BET and Star Jones for surfacing this problem and bringing light to the city of Jackson. I have been living in Jackson for the past 5 years and it’s time for this issue to be addressed and even more it is uplifting to have seen some success stories.

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