Loni Love Speaks Out After Backlash Over Comments On Black Womens Eating Habits – News One

Posted: March 12, 2020 at 4:49 am

Loni Love caused quite a debate last week when she made comments about Black womens eating habits on her daytime talkshow The Real. Thanks to an interview with MadameNoire, shes now clarifying her controversial statements.

In an episode that aired last week, Love was promoting Weight Watchers (WW) as a program that can teach you how to eat healthy and after giving a demonstration with her co-hosts Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon, Jeannie Mai, andAmanda Seales Love broke down into tears.

Let me tell yall, I did not know how to eat, she said. Growing up in the projects, we just had to eat what we could. She continued, Alot of women in the African American community, we dont know how to eat because we grew up that way.

This statement resulted in backlash, particularly from social media, with people saying Love pathologizes Black people when the standard AMERICAN diet is unhealthy. One Twitter user also wrote, Its not that black people dont know how to eat, its about the lack of access. Research Food deserts sweetie.

Love has since responded to the backlash during a chat with MadameNoire where she was promoting her upcoming book I Tried to Change So You Dont Have To.She explained:

First of all, I never speak for every Black woman. If you go to my book, it actually explains how I grew up so my statement was for some women. Although, there were some women who were upset, there were a lot of women who understood what I was saying about accessibility capitalism has caused in the poor communities- that has caused us not to be able to eat clean. And not be able to eat the correct way. Which is why you see an obesity rate that is highest among Black females more than any other race. Even with Black males. Black females have an obesity problem.

She continued:

The thing that I realized about being on a show like The Real, I dont have the time to explain myself. Unfortunately, we have 6-8 minute segments and you have four other hosts. By the time I get in, I may have 30 seconds and then we have to get out. So thats one of the downfalls. But I also notice that when Im saying something, I start a conversation. And thats more important to me to start the conversation. And theyre conversations that we need to have as a community. Its not meant to embarrass.

According to a Center for Disease Control obesity report from 2013 to 2016, the percentage of Black women who were considered obese was higher than the percentage of white women. Access to healthy foods and grocery stores are also less common in Black communities, according to certain reports, and efforts are being made to fix the issue holistically, including giving people transportation and affordable pricing to obtain healthier food options.

However, conversely, there is also pushback from activists on focusing too much on ending obesity instead of ending fatphobia and fat shaming. As written in a Scientific American article, When the focus is on weight and body size, its not obesity that damages people. Its fearmongering about their bodies that puts them at riskfordiabetes,heart disease,discrimination,bullying,eating disorders,sedentariness,lifelong discomfort in their bodies, and evenearly death.

Love also pointed out the need to see plus-size models on the cover of magazines in her interview with MadameNoire:

Wheres our Naomi Campbell, she asked. They dont put us on the covers of magazines. And that made a lot of plus size models mad. But Im like, theyre not putting us on magazines. That last plus size woman I remember wasand Ill probably get in trouble for this was MoNique. All I said was, Where is our plus size legends? Because Black women been plus size for years. But they dont give us a chance to be on the cover of magazines. Now, you might have your blog. You might have a couple of campaigns but Im talking about where is the plus size Naomi Campbell for Black women. Im not talking about Ashley [Graham], cuz aint Ashley White?

You can check out more of Loves thoughts over at MadameNoire.


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