One of the most popular rapper, actress and producer of our time, Queen Latifah has decided that she will lead the movement to completely change the frame of conversation about obesity.
The Equalizer star admitted that she has been a role model for many women across the country as she has been a successful plus size woman in an industry that judges women for their bodies from the moment they step in. Huh.
“I’ve felt the pressure of representation throughout my career,” said the former hip hop artist.
Latifah said she wants to completely change the frame of the obesity conversation, taking it from conversations about blame and shame to conversations where people understand obesity and the effects it has on their health.
Latifah said that there is a lot of negativity around the word obesity and she hopes to get rid of it all. “Information is power,” said the artist.
Latifah will collaborate with Novo Nordisk, a pharmaceutical company. The company will collaborate with Latifah to set up a nationwide campaign that aims to reshape the obesity conversation from a focus on weight to a focus on health. Latifah will travel to all major cities across the country to talk to people and answer questions about her relationship with her weight, she said to help provide clarity to people.
Latifah said that she completely misunderstood what obesity was and was shocked to learn from her trainer that she herself would be considered obese. Latifah has lost a family member to obesity-related conditions and it is understandable why this would be a movement she would like to invest in.
41% of all Americans qualify for a diagnosis of obesity, a conversation that Latifah believes needs to be held and that she needs to help people take control of their personal health. Hopefully or for now, at least talk to your doctor about it. The first step is the hardest, and Queen Latifah is ready to take it.