Via Daily Caller:
Black college students can become overweight and in bad health because of racism, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychology professor.
The professor, Enrique W. Neblett, Jr., made the claim during a guest lecture at the University of Georgia, reports The Red & Black (the student newspaper at UGA).
Neblett’s Monday lecture was entitled “Racism-Related Stress and Mental Health: A Study of African American College Students During the Transition to Young Adulthood.”
According to his findings and the findings of others, Neblett said, racism plays a role in causing high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, depression, anxiety — and many other diseases.
College students are especially at risk.
“When African American youth are going to college and leaving home, their parents are no longer right there,” Neblett observed, according to The Red & Black.
“Youth are thinking about their identity and may experience race discrimination for the first time. Experiencing racism might lead to compromised health. For example, some students will cope by eating fatty snacks.”