By Dr. Benjamin Chavis
NNPA News Wire 

OP-ED: The Obesity Crisis Is Not a Hopeless Fight for Black America


Within the next seven years, researchers anticipate that half of American adults will live with obesity.

From less access to quality healthcare, to the exclusion of anti-obesity medications from Medicare, and most Medicaid and general insurance coverage, our healthcare systems under-prioritizes the well-being of Black Americans. And we've learned from history that until we make our voices heard, this crisis will continue to be brushed aside.

Whether we accept it or not, obesity continues to be a complex, chronic disease that kills thousands of Black Americans every year. Indeed, nearly half of Black Americans live with obesity, so we cannot afford to ignore this national emergency any longer....

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