Queen Latifah recently appeared on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk to discuss the latest updates from her hip and running life, including the fact that Queen Latifah was recently found out she fits the criteria for an obesity diagnosis.
Latifah revealed that her trainer, Janet Jenkins, told her she was going to fall into the obesity category which really pissed off the star at first but then started making her think about the whole situation in a more profound way and started to think about how that could have happened. Obesity is an understandable word in society.
After taking a BMI test, Queen Latifah discovered she was about 30% higher than she should be. Latifa said she knew she needed to eat better and go to the gym more, but she had never associated herself with the word obesity, which she thought referred to people who completely lacked mobility and control over their lives. Latifa noted that the reason behind this is that there is a very strong stigma attached to the word fat and that this stigma prevents the actual conversation that should occur from happening.
Latifa went on to talk about a recent campaign that I started with a pharmaceutical company to go across America and have honest conversations with people to erase the stigma you mentioned so that an honest conversation about personal health can be had.
Latifa pointed out that the problem of obesity far exceeds the physical aspect of it, and it can contain genetic and hormonal components that have not been addressed because people cannot bypass the stigma. Once you understand these ingredients, Latifa said, you can take a step for your own personal health.
Fans have taken to the social media platform to respond to Jada and the Queen’s conversation with nothing but praise for it. Fans all admired the two characters who had a real and authentic conversation about obesity and the stigma surrounding it in an effort to bring it back to its roots as it is a real health issue that needs to be addressed.