Are You Thick Or Just Fat? No Really….


Vibe / August 11, 2010

Black women, we love our curves. Don’t we? We love the fact that we have hips, a booty, how our silhouette is to envy. A young woman asked me recently to write a post about women who are overweight and how they should remain confident. Now, I tried to write a sincere piece about this topic but my heart was not there. I want all women to have a positive self image, love themselves and to be confident no matter their size but I will not encourage them to remain ignorant to the truth. I cannot in good conscious encourage a woman to remain overweight and risk her body shutting down from bad health. Oh yes, it can happen. I have seen it first hand on more than one occasion.

I want women, Black women in particular to stop misusing the word “thick” when they are in fact “overweight” or simply “fat”. This is just another tool that the African American community uses to ignore the ugly truth of how obesity is plaguing us. There is a difference between being thick and being fat. Having curves, a booty, thighs, full breasts, etc Yes, you are thick. However if you are at least 100 to 150 pounds or more overweight then you are not thick. You are fat. Chances are you are not that healthy either. Which is where my real concern comes in. I can tell you one hundred times that you look great. Don’t worry about loosing any weight. It doesn’t matter what you eat. Who cares that you are at least 100 pounds overweight. Girl you better eat! Girl you just extra thick. I would be doing you a disservice. I could tell you all those things and these and none of them would be true. The truth would be that you are going down the path of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, etc..

→ To check the rest head to Yeah She Said It. And for the record, we categorize Tocarra as thick!