Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Recipe For Soul Food Sanity

"Good Lord, good meat, c'mon, let's eat!"

That abbreviated grace uttered over a plate of soul food is one of the few laugh lines from New York filmmaker Byron Hurt's (shown at left) new documentary, Soul Food Junkies

Scheduled to screen Sunday at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, Soul Food Junkies is a thoughtful, historical, and personal examination of the unhealthy effects of African American eating habits.

Nationally, nearly half of all African Americans suffer from high blood pressure. In Philadelphia, 20% suffer from Type 2 diabetes. Black children are 15% more likely to be obese than white children.

Mayor Nutter, in his ongoing crusade to make Philadelphia a safer, greener, more active, and healthier place to live, twice proposed a two-cent-an-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages - only to get gulped down by Big Soda.


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