Book Review: Why Black People Can’t Lose Weight: The Psychology, The Challenge, And The Solution To Overall Wellness
by Makeisha Lee
Publication Date: Nov 12, 2007
List Price: $14.99 (store prices may vary)
Page Count: 176
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
Book Reviewed by Kam Williams
’Weight loss. Why is it such a vicious circle? Why does it seem unattainable for us as a community, despite the hundreds of diet plans available? Why do we as Blacks lead in the highest percentage of obesity cases in all gender, age and ethnic groups to date? These questions deserve convincing and satisfying answers’
In this book, we will answer all the questions you may have had unanswered before’ in a clear, concise manner without getting too technical’ This written work of art will reveal all the hidden schemes that mainstream society has kept from us, and break it down so that a 3 year-old can understand why we as Blacks have been unsuccessful as a whole at getting and/or keeping the weight off.’
’Excerpted from the Prelude (pages xiii-xiv)
After the annual eating season which starts with Thanksgiving and doesn't end until somewhere around January 1st, most of us put losing weight high on our list of New Year's resolutions. If you are one of those people who's always fighting the battle of the bulge, perhaps the problem has to do with more than merely how much food is on your diet.
This is the contention of Makeisha Lee who believes that ’We cannot even begin to confront obesity and/or its related illnesses without first addressing the toxicity in our bodies that exists.’ Ms. Lee, a nutritional advisor and nationally-syndicated writer, has conducted extensive researcher in the field of alternative health. And in her new book, Why Black People Can't Lose Weight, she sets out a straightforward formula for overcoming obesity.
First, she informs us that ’the food industry devises deliberate strategies to get people to eat more food,’ most of which have been processed and stripped of ’98% of the natural nutrition.’ The author also says that not only are these refined foods addictive, but they are of no nutritional value.
Ms. Lee goes on to discuss why a variety of conventional approaches to weight loss simply don't work, before suggesting a carefully-conceived, complex regimen combining internal cleansing with whole and organic foods, vitamins and supplements, and aerobic exercise and strength training. She refers to nutritional cleansing as the missing link and the ’ultimate solution to helping Blacks reclaim their throne to a higher health status and lose weight.’
Well-crafted and convincing, Why Black People Can't Lose Weight offers a revolutionary, step-by-step approach to health aimed at changing the body by first eliminating destructive attitudes about dieting from the mind.