Book Review: Food Choice and Obesity in Black America


>Food Choice and Obesity in Black America: Creating a New Cultural Diet (Hardcover)

Eric Bailey outdoes himself in “Food Choice and Obesity in Black America: Creating a New Cultural Diet”, 150 pgs, Greenwood ebooks. 

If Doctors, Healthcare and the Fitness industries ever wondered why African Americans are not coming in droves, this book is a Must Read! 

By simply overlaying Eurpean Ethnic ideals onto Black Americans, a disservice is being done to both ethnicities. Eric Bailey has a catch-phrase that should be on the tip of everyone’s tongue in the aformentioned industries: “Culturally Appropriate”. 

In “Food Choice and Obesity in Black America”, the author covers relevant background material to the growing obesity problem in the African American communities. Citing historical, familial, religous, peer and cultural reasons, there is evidence that a different approach should be taken with discussing weight loss, eating habits, exercise routines and social interactions between African Americans.

Bailey doesn’t just lecture to White Doctors and African Americans in this timely book. He takes the time to explain why African Americans view Obesity and Food differently than European Americans. He also explains why African Americans should open up to their doctors, take the time to explain their cultural viewpoints in regards to body type, culture, food preparation. 

Never once did I feel talked down to in reading this book, and I’m certain no one who will read “Food Choice and Obesity in Black America” will feel offended. 


Bailey takes us on a cultural train ride through the eyes of African Amercians in regards to how they view weight loss and food through their community and how it differs from what is called ‘mainstream america’. The last chapter is about what Eric Bailey terms “THE NEW BLACK CULTURAL DIET AND LIFESTYLE”. He asks that each African American ask themselves six timely questions, honestly and openly about themselves, their culture, their family, their food, their reality and their body.

A sure winner in the fight against obesity for Eric Bailey.http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=BrickONeil&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0865693307&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

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