Did you know…
Almost 1 in 4 Black and Hispanic girls are obese
Black and Hispanic girls are less physically active than their peers
Many curly girls feel social and societal pressure to have straight or styled hair
These are concerns because physical inactivity can lead to overweight, obesity, and a host of chronic diseases. Although the causes of obesity and physical inactivity are complex, a salient factor among many women and girls of African descent is their hair, a fact many Black women have known for years.
Hair is often viewed as a barrier to exercise for many women and girls of African descent. However, unlike adult Black women, Black adolescent girls cannot avoid physical activity because physical education (PE) is often a daily required class in most American schools. So, culturally competent, research-based interventions and approaches, like Curls on the Move, are needed to address this. Read more about the connection between hair, obesity, and Black adolescent girls in my research.
Social Justice and Policy
Curls on the Move is about health education, social justice, policy, and practice. Help us change socially unjust school dress codes which are not inclusive of hairstyles for black and brown girls. The structural violence and hair harassment our girls experience in our world must end.
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