Happy Day 8 of our March Challenge!! Ladies, I’d love for your to weigh-in on what I know is a serious discussion in our community. “Soul Food Junkies” recently aired on PBS and it has definitely spurred some conversation (video below) on this topic.
- Is Soul Food a main component of our weight gain equation?
- Why is soul food so important to us and is that a reason to defend it without question?
- Should black people stop eating soul food?
- Should we just cook our soul food in heathier ways? What would those ways be?
- Has soul food been demonized?
- How can we both celebrate our food heritage and eat healthy?
I would love to know what the Black Women Losing Weight sisterhood thinks about these questions.
A note about the film:
“At least, this is the theory that drove Hurt’s documentary. His father, Jackie Hurt, was a soul food lover, and he was obese. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2004 at the age of 63. His father’s death led the filmmaker to examine the significance of this black culinary tradition—and the consequences of it on our health. (Diet-related health statistics for black folks are frightening: 4 in 5 African-American women are overweight or obese, and African Americans in general are more than twice as likely as whites to die of diabetes.)” – blackhealthmatters.com